MMA candidate among 7 injured in Bannu blast


A convoy of Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal (MMA) candidate for Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) Assembly came under bomb attack on Saturday, injuring the candidate and six others in Bannu.

Police said that MMA’s candidate from the PK-89 constituency, Sherin Malik was campaigning for elections in Takhti Kheil area of Bannu when a blast occurred targeting his convoy.

The MMA leader along with six other people suffered injuries and were rushed to nearby DHQ hospital.

According to police, the explosive was planted in a motorcycle which was detonated remotely. There has been no immediate claim by any militant groups for the blast.

Earlier this month, at least 10 people were injured in a blast at the election office of a Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) candidate in Razmak tehsil of North Waziristan tribal district.

It is pertinent to mention here that the National Counter Terrorism Authority (NACTA) had issued threat warning over possible terror attacks on various leaders of political parties during the election campaign

NACTA director had told the Senate Standing Committee on Interior that they had received as many as 12 threat alerts which were about the leadership of political parties, including the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) and Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), and six personalities that can be targeted during the elections.

The NACTA director also said, “In the past, a threat alert was sent that the Peshawar Army Public School (APS) could be attacked and after four months it happened.”

“Similarly, some other alerts were issued, but precautionary measures could not be taken,” he added.