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Mastung blast killed 25 people near the convoy of Deputy Chairman Senate

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MASTUNG:(APS)May 12,2017-At least 25 people have been killed and many others injured in an explosion in Balochistan’s Mastung district, which is around an hour’s drive from the provincial capital, Quetta.

The bombing took place near a local seminary shortly after Friday prayers.

Deputy Chairman Senate Abdul Ghafoor Haideri’s convoy was hit in the attack. The explosion occurred right as Haideri’s convoy was exiting the seminary.

The director staff Senate, Iftikhar Mughal, was reportedly killed in the attack.

It is unclear whether the explosion was the result of an improvised explosive device (IED) or a suicide attack. Police say the attack is likely to have been a suicide bombing.

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Haideri had been invited to the seminary for an investiture ceremony, APS news reported.

An eyewitness present at the event said the guests were leaving for a luncheon when Haideri’s convoy came under attack.

The eyewitness told a private tv channel that there was an explosion, followed by sustained firing. “After the air cleared, we saw bodies everywhere.”

A police car was part of Haideri’s security detail and police officials are among those injured in the blast, another eyewitness said.

Haideri belongs to Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F)

Haideri, while speaking briefly to media, said he had suffered minor injuries but was otherwise fine.

He has been shifted to Combined Military Hospital Quetta for treatment. His condition, according to Balochistan government spokesman Anwar ul Haq Kakar, is “safe and sound”.

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