Death toll rises to 54 in bomb attack as government vows to arrest responsibles

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The victims of Sunday's suicide bombing in Pakistan were laid to rest as government officials vowed to hunt down those behind the attack. The death toll rose to 54 out of 1,000 party supporters gathered in a large tent for the party's election rally.

Funerals are held for the victims of a bomb attack in Pakistan as the government vows to hunt down those behind the attack. The death toll has risen to 54 in the massive suicide bombing targeting an election rally of a religious party.

No one has claimed responsibility for Sunday's bombing, which wounded nearly 200 people, although initial investigations by police said it could be linked to the Daesh terrorist organization.

The victims were attending a rally organised by the Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-F (JUI-F) party, headed by influential cleric and politician Fazlur Rehman.

TALIBAN SUPPORTER REHMAN SURVIVES ATTACKS

Rehman did not attend the rally, which was held under a large tent near a market on the border with Afghanistan.

Rehman, a supporter of Afghanistan's Taliban, was also targeted in bomb attacks in 2011 and 2014, but he survived both bombings.

PARTY TENT TARGETED BEFORE ELECTIONS

At least 1,000 people gathered under a large tent on Sunday as parties prepare for parliamentary elections expected in October and November.

Ambulances arrived at the scene minutes after the suicide bomber carried out the attack. 

The victims of the attack were buried in Bajur, where the incident took place.

On Monday, police took statements from some of the injured at the hospital in Bajur. Police promised to investigate the incident thoroughly.

Source: TRT World

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