Former ANP senator survives assassination bid in Balochistan

CHAMAN: Days after Awami National Party (ANP) leader Haroon Bilour was martyred in a suicide bomb attack, former party senator Daud Achakzai came under attack in Balochistan on Monday.

Achakzai sustained injuries after unidentified armed men opened fire at a guesthouse he was staying in Qila Abdullah area. He received bullets on his right arm in the attack.

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The former ANP senator has been shifted to the Trauma Centre, Civil Hospital, Quetta. The hospital sources have termed his condition to be stable, and out of danger. Meanwhile the site of the incident has been cordoned off and a search operation has started.

Earlier last week ANP leader Bilour and 12 others were martyred and nearly three dozens injured in a suicide bomb attack targeting an ANP rally in a congested neighbourhood of Peshawar.

The blast occurred near the vehicle of Bilour, son of the late ANP leader Bashir Bilour, in the Yakatoot area. The casualties were driven to the Lady Reading Hospital (LRH) where medics confirmed the death toll.

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ANP supporters gathered outside the hospital and shouted slogans against the government for its failure to provide security to their leader.

Bashir Bilour, the father of Haroon Bilour, was also martyred in a suicide bombing targeting his rally in the fabled Qissa Khawani bazaar of Peshawar in December 2012. The outlawed Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan had claimed responsibility for that attack.

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