ANP leader among 12 martyred in Peshawar blast

Suicide bomber kills ANP candidate, supporters at election rally

Earlier it was reported that Bilour was critically injured in the incident, however, family sources later confirmed that he had succumbed to injuries while on his way to the hospital.

Haroon Bilour was approaching the rally organised in connection with his election campaign on Circular Road when the explosion took place.

Police said the bomber struck when Bilour was about to address some 200 supporters.

Confirming Haroon Bilour's martyrdom, the spokesman said that Haroon's son, Danial Bilour, was safe.

The blast occurred near the vehicle of Bilour in Yakatoot area of Peshwar.

Haroon Bilour was contesting the election from PK-87 on ANP's ticket.

The Bomb Disposal Squad confirmed that it was a suicide bomb.

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The body of Haroon Bilour was later shifted to Bilour House where ANP workers gathered in great numbers to pay respect to their deceased leader.

Terming it the "peak of terrorism", ANP leader Mian Iftikhar Hussain said the attack is aimed at derailing democratic system in the country and a conspiracy to delay upcoming general elections.

His father, Bashir Bilour was also martyred in a suicide bombing targeting his rally in the fabled Qissa Khawani bazaar of Peshawar in December 2012.

Bilour belonged to an influential political family in the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province, of which Peshawar is the capital. The ANP, which campaigns against the Taliban, has been a regular target of militants operating in Pakistan's northwest. The outlawed Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan had claimed responsibility for the attack.

"Six people include Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf chairman Imran Khan, Awami National Party leaders Asfandyar Wali and Ameer Haider Hoti, Qaumi Watan Party head Aftab Sherpao, Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam-Fazl leader Akram Khan Durrani and Hafiz Saeed's son Talha Saeed".

He said Nacta had forwarded 12 threat alerts to the federal interior and provincial home ministries as well as law enforcement agencies.

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