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Blast in Balochistan, death toll rises to 25

13 May 2017, 01:38 | Clarence Schmidt

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9 killed in bomb blast at Balochistan

The bombing targetted Haideri when he came out of a religious seminary after addressing a gathering in Mastung area of the province shortly after the weekly Friday prayers.

"The explosion happened on my vehicle ... the glass from the front windscreen hit me, and the side door also buckled after the blast", he added. It was all very sudden.

"I am alive. Allah has saved my life".

However, IS previous year carried out a brutal attack against lawyers in Quetta killing almost 70 people, majority young lawyers as well as at a shrine in the remote Kuzdar area. Broken pieces of the windscreen hit me.

The explosion took place near the convoy of Deputy Chairman Senate Abdul Ghafoor Haideri on Friday. "I am injured but safe".

The attack by IS may have been a warning to Haideri's hardline Jamiat-e-Ulema Islam (JUI) against participating in the country's democratically elected government, said Zahid Hussain, an expert on militancy in Pakistan.

Police and Frontier Corps (FC) personnel rushed to the site of the attack which was cordoned off. Initial reports in the media can sometimes be inaccurate.

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Rehman has survived at least three assassination attempts, including in Quetta in 2014.

Most of the dead and injured were workers of the JUI-F.

Minister for Ports and Shipping Mir Hasil Khan Bazinjo Friday strongly condemned the suicide attack on Deputy Chairman Senate Maulana Abdul Ghafoor Haidery.

"I have talked to chief secretary of Balochistan and asked him to airlift Haideri to Quetta", he said. Local TV stations broadcast footage showing Haideri's badly damaged auto at the scene of the attack.

Earlier this month, Pakistan closed its Chaman border crossing in Baluchistan after clashes between security forces from the two countries.

Government official Munir Raisani says the attack was carried out by a suicide bomber.

The District Police Officer Mastung, Ghazanfar Ali, said Haideri escaped as he was not sitting in the auto when the blast took place.

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