An explosion occurred in Bajaur district of Pakistan's Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province during a congress of political party workers. In the explosion, 42 people, including Maulana Ziaullah, the local leader of Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) Party, lost their lives, while 80 injured people were taken to hospitals in Timergara and Peshawar.
While it was stated that the explosion took place inside the congress building, police investigated the scene. The cause of the explosion has not yet been announced.
JUI-F leader Hafiz Hamdullah said in a statement that he could not attend today's congress due to some personal business, adding, "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