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Islamic State Bomb Kills 159 as Pakistan Pre-Vote Violence Rises

  • More than 200 others injured in suicide blast in Mastung
  • Pakistan witnesses a spate of attacks ahead of July 25 vote
A man mourns over the body of his family member killed in an attack in Quetta, Pakistan on July 13, 2018.

A man mourns over the body of his family member killed in an attack in Quetta, Pakistan on July 13, 2018.

Photographer: Arshad Butt/AP Photo
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An Islamic State suicide bomber killed at least 159 people in Pakistan on Friday in one of the country’s worst attacks in living memory ahead of a tense July 25 national election.

The blast also injured 200 others at an election rally in northwestern Mastung in the restive province of Balochistan, Ali Ahmed, a rescue worker in Mastung told Bloomberg News. Interim Balochistan Home Minister Agha Umer Bangalzai said on Twitter that a “suicide bomber loaded with 8 Kg explosives material caused this much devastation.” SITE Intel group, which tracks militant activities, said Islamic State claimed responsibility.