A Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf election candidate was killed in the Kulachi area, along with his driver.
Pakistan Election Candidate Killed in Suicide Attack
Ikramullah Gandapur, a Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) election candidate was killed in a suicide bombing in Dera Ismail Khan in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Province on Sunday, Dawn News reported.
The district police chief Manzoor Afridi told Dawn News that at least eight to 10 kgs of explosive material was used in the attack.
Afridi also confirmed that the bombing, which took place in Kulachi area, was a suicide attack. Gandapur was contesting elections on a provincial assembly seat from PK-99 constituency.
According to hospital sources, the PTI leader's driver was also killed in the attack while his guard is said to be in a critical condition at the Combined Military Hospital (CMH).
Police told Dawn News that the candidate was targeted near his residence when he was going to a political convention.
Gandapur served as the provincial agricultural minister in the PTI-led Khyber Pakhtunkhwa cabinet. He was elected through a by-election on the Dera Ismail Khan PK-67 seat, after it was vacated following the death of his brother Law Minister Israrulah Gandapur in a suicide attack.
Earlier, PTI Chief Imran Khan took to Twitter to condemn the "cowardly terrorist attack".
The attack comes just days after the house of a senior leader of Balochistan Awami Party (BAP) was attacked in Gwadar.
According to sources, Abdul Ghafoor Hoat was inside the house when unidentified gunmen fired shots at his house. He, however, escaped unhurt.
The most fatal election-related attack took place in Mastung on July 13 during a rally organised by Mir Siraj Raisani — a BAP candidate for Mastung. The deadly suicide blast claimed the lives of nearly 150 people.
On Saturday, the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) announced it would deploy 1.6 million electoral officials and nearly 750,000 security personnel, including about 300,000 soldiers to maintain security at Wednesday’s general elections.