Update: May 22, 2021 2:42 PM STI
Islamabad [Pakistan], May 22 (ANI): Three leaders of Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam (Nazaryati) among seven people who were killed in a bombing in the town of Chaman in Balochistan on Friday, Dawn reported.
Senior local police official Ahmad Mohiuddin said explosives were placed in a motorcycle parked near the vehicle of a religious leader attending the rally, Geo News reported.
According to Dawn, JUI-N’s Naib Emir Maulana Abdul Qadir Luni, who officials said was the target of the attackers, was wounded in the bombing.
Officials said the explosion occurred in Boghara Chowk shortly after the end of a rally organized by JUI-N to condemn Israeli aggression and genocide against oppressed Palestinians in Gaza.
They said unidentified people rigged the motorcycle with explosive material and parked it near the rally location and detonated it as Maulana Luni, accompanied by supporters, left the scene.
“It appears that the target of the blast was Maulana Luni, as the IED planted in the motorcycle detonated with a remote control shortly after it left the gathering place,” a senior police official said, according to Dawn’s report.
The bombing came hours after Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi hailed a ceasefire between Israel and the militant Hamas group that rules Gaza. Pakistan wants a peaceful resolution of the Palestinian question.
Heavy fighting between the two countries has killed at least 243 Palestinians, including 66 children. In contrast, 12 people were killed in Israel, including two children and an Indian national, reports Al Jazeera.
Protesters in Chaman could be seen holding signs reading “Free Palestine,” while a main road connecting the capital Islamabad to the nearby town of Rawalpindi was blocked, Geo News reported.
On April 22, three people were killed and 13 others injured in an explosion in the parking lot of a hotel hosting the Chinese ambassador in Quetta, the capital of Balochistan. (ANI)