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PTI candidate killed in suicide attack in Pakistan

Bangladesh Live News | @banglalivenews | 22 Jul 2018

Islamabad, July 22: Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf's (PTI) candidate for PK-99 Ikramullah Gandapur died on Sunday in a suicide blast Dera Ismail Khan area of the country, media reports said.

The politician was brought to  Combined Military Hospital (CMH) DI Khan for treatment where he passed away later.

DI Khan DPO Manzoor Afridi told Dawn.com that at least eight to 10 kilogrammes of explosive material were used in the suicide attack on Gandapur, which took place in the Kulachi area of the district.

According to reports, the PTI leader's driver and guard were also injured in the blast.

The politician was reportedly targeted near his residence.

PTI chief Imran Khan condemned the attack and tweeted: "Saddened to learn that Ikram Gandapur succumbed to his injuries. My prayers go to his family. May Allah give them the strength to bear this loss. "

He earlier called the attack as 'cowardly'.

"Strongly condemn the cowardly terrorist attack against Ikram Khan Gandapur and his convoy today. May Allah grant Ikram and the other injured a speedy recovery," he earlier in the day tweeted.

Army chief Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa also condoled the death of the politician.




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