ANP leader Haroon Bilour among 12 killed in Peshawar blast, police say

Haroon Bilour was approaching the rally organised in connection with his election campaign on Circular Road when the explosion took place

Haroon Bilour was approaching the rally organised in connection with his election campaign on Circular Road when the explosion took place

At least 12 people including Awami National Party (ANP) leader Haroon Balour were martyred and several others wounded in a blast near the party's corner meeting in the provincial capital's on Tuesday.

Earlier it was reported that Bilour was critically injured in the incident, however, family sources later confirmed that he had succumbed to injuries while on his way to the hospital.

More than 30 people injured in the explosion.

"According to our initial investigation, it was a suicide attack and Haroon Bilour... was the target", police official Shafqat Malik told AFP, referring to one of the ANP's candidates for the elections.

The rescue teams and law enforcement agencies reached the site of the blast.

The Bomb Disposal Squad confirmed that it was a suicide bomb.

The body of Haroon Bilour was later shifted to Bilour House where ANP workers gathered in great numbers to pay respect to their deceased leader.

While the PTI leader Shireen Mizari said that "Heart wrenching to learn Haroon's young 16-year-old son also died - Bashir Bilour, Haroon Bilour and Danyal Bilour: three generations lost to terrorists who seem to act with impunity".

ANP senior leader Mian Iftikhar Hussain said the attack was meant to derail democracy and delay the elections scheduled for July 25.

The ANP was the main target of Taliban attacks in the 2013 election as well. The militants killed hundreds of ANP leaders and supporters in attacks around the 2013 election.

Bashir was targeted in the Qisa Khwani Bazaar during an electioneering rally.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack.

On July 9, the National Counter Terrorism Authority (NACTA) had briefed the Senate Committee on Interior about threats to the leaders of the political parties especially those of ANP.