ISLAMABAD/PESHAWAR/QUETTA : A bomb blast struck a JUI-F public meeting in central Kurram on Monday, killing as many as 24 persons and injuring over 50 others, including two candidates of the religious party.However, a spokesman of the Jamiat Ulema Islam-Fazl confirmed that over 50 people were injured.

Around 3000 people were attending the rally, jointly organised by the party’s candidates from NA-37 and NA-38 Haji Munir Khan Orakzai and Ainuddin Shakir at a local seminary in Sewak village of Para Chamkani area, when the bomb planted at the site went off.

A brother of Munir, Dr Abdul Qadeer Orakzai said that Munir Khan was getting off the stage when the explosion came and that he had suffered minor injuries. Sources said that another JUI-F candidate of NA-37 constituency, Ainuddin Shakir, was also injured in the blast. But condition of both the wounded leaders was stated to be out of danger.Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) claimed responsibility, saying its target was not JUI-F; rather it was Munir Orakzai, who was allied to the outgoing government. Munir was previously elected as an independent candidate from the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (Fata) and now he is contesting the upcoming elections from NA-38 constituency on JUI-F ticket.

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