QUETTA: At least 15 people were killed and 35 others injured, including Deputy Senate Chairman Maulana Ghafoor Hyderi, as his convoy came under attack in Mastung district of Balochistan on Friday.
The Jamiat Ulema Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) leader’s convoy was passing by a mosque shortly after Friday prayers when he was targetted.
DPO Mastung Ghazanfar Ali said initial probe suggested it was a suicide attack. “A suspected suicide bomber hit Ghafoor Haideri’s car,” he said.
While the leader’s driver is said to be killed, the DPO added, Maulana Ghafoor was not in his car at the time of the attack. Hence, he only suffered minor injuries.
Speaking to the media shortly after the attack, Maulana Ghafoor said “the blast was extremely powerful.”