Several killed and injured in a suicide attack on Jamaat-e-Islami’s chief Siraj-ul-Haq

by WioNews

A suicide attacker targeted the vehicle of Jamaat-e-Islami’s chief Siraj-ul-Haq, during a political event in Zhob, Balochistan on Friday, May 19. The official facebook page of the Jamaat-e-Islami chief said that he was ‘completely fine and well’.

As per a tweet by the Jamaat-e-Islami, Siraj-ul-Haq was on his way to address a public gathering when his convoy was attacked by a suicide attacker. The tweet further stated that “the suicide attacker blew himself up near the vehicle of Siraj-ul-Haq, but Haq remained unhurt in the attack”. The party further clarified that “Sirajul Haq will address the gathering as per schedule.”

Clarifications by party officials

Party spokesperson Faisal Sharif in a video message said that “JI emir Siraj reached Quetta today and had to go further to Zhob where he has a political gathering today. When he was entering Zhob and people were welcoming him, a person came and blew himself up”.

Commenting on the incident, JI Secretary General Ameerul Azim, also tweeted that “there has been a suicide attack on Jamaat-e-Islami Pakistan Siraj-ul-Haq in Balochistan, the attacker has been killed, Alhamdulillah Siraj-ul-Haq and all his friends are safe”.

Security forces have barricaded the area and have launched a search operation to arrest the suspects involved in the suicide bombing. As per reports, seven workers of JI are injured, while four are in serious condition.

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