ISIS Suicide Bombing in Pakistan 05-2017 (VOA)

Islamic State Attacks in Pakistan Kill 35

Terrorist Attacks Rock Balochistan Region

Two separate terrorist attacks have killed at least 35 in the last 24 hours. A suicide bomber and a group of gunmen launched attacks in Pakistan’s Balochistan province over Friday, May 12, and Saturday, May 13.

Suicide Bomber Kills 25 in Mastung, Pakistan

A suicide bomber struck the convoy of an Islamic party in southwestern Pakistan, killing at least 25 people and wounding more than 40 others. Most of the victims were activists with the Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam (JUI-F), a religious-based political party.

Police said Friday’s attack occurred in Mastung, about 50 kilometers from the provincial capital, Quetta. The blast apparently was targeted at Abdul Ghaforr Haideri, the deputy chairman of the Pakistani Senate, the upper house of parliament.

Islamic State has claimed responsibility for the deadly bombing.

The senator was slightly wounded but his driver and the director of staff at the Senate accompanying him both were killed, officials confirmed.

Haideri is a central leader of JUI-F, which is part of Pakistan’s ruling coalition headed by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s party.

The cleric told reporters he was returning from a graduation ceremony at a religious seminary when their convoy was struck.

“It was all very sudden. I am injured but alive. God has saved my life. Broken pieces of the windscreen hit me. My driver and other people sitting next to me were very badly injured,” Haideri said.

Police and witnesses said the bomber was on a motorbike and that his body parts were retrieved from the site in the province of Baluchistan. It’s the largest of four provinces where a number of militant groups operate.

Suspected Islamic State gunmen shot dead at least 10 construction workers and wounded several others Saturday in Gwadar, Balochistan, in southwestern Pakistan, police said.

The victims were building a road in the port city of Gwadar when assailants on motorbikes fired at them and fled the scene.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the violence, but the attack happened a day after an Islamic State suicide bomber killed at least 25 people and wounded 40 others in the province of Balochistan where Gwadar is located.

That attack, in the town of Mastung, was targeted at Abdul Ghafoor Haideri, deputy chairman of the Pakistani Senate, the upper house of parliament.

Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attack on its global media outlet, Amaq News Agency.

The senator was slightly wounded, but his driver and the director of staff at the Senate accompanying him were among those killed.

Haideri is a central leader of JUI-F, which is part of Pakistan’s ruling coalition headed by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s party.

Increase in Islamic State Attacks in Pakistan

IS has stepped up attacks in Pakistan. The Syria-based terrorist group also took credit for the deadliest suicide bombing this year of a Sufi shrine in the southern city of Sehwan in February that killed more than 70 people.

Victims were mostly members of the minority Shi’ite Muslim community.

Balochistan is the largest of Pakistan’s four provinces where a number of militant groups operate.

The province borders Afghanistan and Iran, and officials in both the countries have long alleged militants waging terrorist attacks on their soils operate out of the Pakistani province. Islamabad denies the charges.

Balochistan is at the center of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, commonly referred to as by its acronym of CPEC. It is a combination of road networks, railway lines and power projects being built in Pakistan with Chinese investment of more than $50 billion.

Source: Voice of America

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