A huge explosion occurred in Bajaur district of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province of Pakistan during a congress of political party workers.
In the explosion, 44 people, including Maulana Ziaullah, the local leader of the JUI-F Party, lost their lives, while 80 injured people were taken to hospitals in Timergara and Peshawar.
The explosion inside the Congress building turned out to be a suicide attack. Police Chief Akhtar Hayat said in a statement that the attack was carried out by a suicide bomber.
The moment of the explosion was recorded by the participants of the congress.
While no one has claimed responsibility for the attack yet, the Taliban leadership in Afghanistan condemned the attack.
JUI-F leader Hafiz Hamdullah, who said he could not attend the congress due to personal business, said in a statement, "I strongly condemn the blast and I want to send a message to those behind it that this is terrorism. This attack is an attack on humanity and Bajaur."
Recalling that this is not the first time JUI-F has been targeted, Hamdullah said that he demanded an investigation into the blast, adding, "We raised our voices in the parliament about this, but no action was taken and this was before our employees were targeted."
Source: Ihlas News Agency