Taliban claim responsibility for attack on ANP meeting

Pakistani security officials and volunteers search the site after a suicide bombing at an election rally in Peshawar on July 10, 2018. (AFP)
Updated 11 July 2018
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Taliban claim responsibility for attack on ANP meeting

  • The National Counter Terrorism Authority (NACTA) last week issued alerts about potential threats during the election campaign

ISLAMABAD: Tahriki-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) on Wednesday claimed responsibility for a suicide attack on an Awami National Party (ANP) meeting in the city of Peshawar on Tuesday night.

A suicide bomber targeted ANP leader Haroon Bilour, said TTP spokesman Mohammad Khurasani.
“We urged people to stay away from the ANP’s people and their offices because we have already declared war against them,” Khurasani added.
The death toll from the attack has risen to at least 20, with more than 60 injured, officials in Peshawar told Arab News. 
Bilour was rushed to hospital but succumbed to his wounds shortly after. Several of the injured are in critical condition.
Caretaker chief minister of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, Dost Mohammad Khan, said those responsible for the attack will be brought to justice.
“Holding of free and transparent election (on July 25) is the prime responsibility of Caretaker Government and every possible step will be taken to achieve this objective,” he tweeted.
The National Counter Terrorism Authority (NACTA) last week issued alerts about potential threats during the election campaign. Six leading contenders are being targeted by terrorists, NACTA said on Tuesday.


Pakistan frees Norwegian journalist detained last week

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Pakistan frees Norwegian journalist detained last week

GUJRAT, Pakistan: Pakistani police say a Norwegian journalist who was arrested last week during clashes between police and supporters of ex-premier Nawaz Sharif has been freed on bail.
Gujrat Officer Mohammad Ashraf said Tuesday that Kadafi Zaman, who is of Pakistani origin, was arrested Friday after officers assumed he was one of the protesters from Sharif’s Pakistan Muslim League Party. He said Zaman was freed Monday.
Zaman’s release came after the International Press Institute, a Vienna, Austria, based global network of editors, media executives and journalists for media freedom, asked Pakistan to drop charges against him.
Zaman, who works for the Norwegian broadcasting company TV 2, was arrested while covering a rally organized to welcome Sharif on his return from London to face a 10-year prison sentence for corruption.