Suicide attack kills 27 as Pakistan vote campaign ends
A suicide blast at a rally by slain Pakistani politician Benazir
Bhutto's party killed at least 27 people Saturday, increasing security
fears with just two days until elections.
The bombing in the northwestern tribal town of Parachinar bordering
Afghanistan came on the final day of campaigning for Monday's polls and
was the latest in a series of attacks aimed at election rallies.
Security concerns surrounding the elections have combined with
allegations of widespread rigging to suck the life out of
electioneering, widely seen as decisive for the future of key US ally
President Pervez Musharraf.
"It was a suicide attack, there were people outside the candidate's
house and they were waiting for food when this man attacked. I have been
told 27 people died and the number of injured is quite high," interior
minister Hamid Nawaz told AFP.
"It is a very unfortunate incident. Maximum security measures are in
place for the 17th and 18th (of February) and the campaign is going to
end tonight," he added.
A further 93 people were wounded in the blast in Parachinar, the main
town in the Kurram tribal district, interior ministry spokesman
Brigadier Javed Cheema said.