ANP leader among dead in Peshawar blast ahead of upcoming polls

This file photo shows Haroon Bilour arriving at his residence in Peshawar on April 25, 2013. (A MAJEED/AFP)
Updated 11 July 2018
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ANP leader among dead in Peshawar blast ahead of upcoming polls

  • The explosion took place at an Awami National Party (ANP) corner meeting in Peshawar
  • Haroon Bilour was the son of senior ANP leader Bashir Ahmed Bilour, was going to contest the elections from PK-78 Peshawar

ISLAMABAD: Police officials in Peshawar told Arab News the death toll from a likely targeted attack on ANP’s (Awami National Party) corner meeting gathering late Tuesday evening has risen to at least 12 dead and 36 injured. Officials fear the number could rise and are investigating the bombing site.

Haroon Bilour, son of assassinated senior ANP leader Bashir Bilour killed in 2012 in a suicide attack also in Peshawar was among the dead.

After Bilour received multiple critical injuries, he was rushed to a nearby hospital. He succumbed to his wounds shortly after. Several people, wounded during the blast, were said to be in critical condition at Peshawar’s Lady Reading Hospital.

The party’s leader Mian Iftikhar Hussain condemned the attack and called it the pinnacle of terrorism, reported a local tv network. He said the aim of this heinous act is to derail the democratic system in Pakistan and a conspiracy to postpone the July 25 scheduled elections.
A bystander described the anger of people at the venue. He told Arab News that a crowd is chanting anti-police slogans following the attack, a security lapse which cost several lives despite the umbrella counter terrorism authority NACTA (National Counter Terrorism Authority) which pools information from all law enforcement and intelligence agencies had issued alerts of potential threats last week.
The bombing on Tuesday evening came following NACTA’s briefing to a Senate Committee on Interior on Monday warning of possible terror threats to prominent electoral candidates.

Six leading political contenders in Pakistan’s July 25 poll are being targeted by terrorists, according to the country’s counter terrorism watchdog.


Indian minor raped by 17 men over weeks

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Indian minor raped by 17 men over weeks

  • Some 19,000 attacks on minors were reported in 2016, but vast numbers are never brought to police attention
  • Among those arrested were the 300-flat building’s security guards, plumber and elevator operator, state police said

NEW DELHI: Indian police said Tuesday that 17 men have been arrested for allegedly raping an 11-year-old girl over several weeks, in the country’s latest horrific sexual assault case.
The girl, who has a hearing disability, was allegedly sexually assaulted inside a largely unoccupied apartment block in the southern city of Chennai.
Among those arrested were the 300-flat building’s security guards, plumber and elevator operator, state police said.
The 66-year-old lift operator was the first to attack the girl after she returned from school and was cycling around the complex, police said.
He allegedly invited other men who filmed each other raping the child. As the ordeal progressed she was sedated with injections and drug-laced soft drinks, reports said.
“This is the initial stage of investigation and we have to go in-depth to ascertain the details,” a local police official told AFP.
According to local reports, the accused took the girl to various places in the complex including the basement, terrace, gym and public restrooms to rape her.
The incident came to light after the girl told her family who then lodged a police complaint. She is now receiving medical attention.
India has a grim record of sexual violence. Some 19,000 attacks on minors were reported in 2016, but vast numbers are never brought to police attention.
In January India was rocked by a particularly shocking attack when an eight-year-old girl died after being kidnapped, drugged and gang-raped for days at a Hindu temple.
This led to the introduction of the death sentence for the rape girls under the age of 12.