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8 Killed As Pre-Election Violence Continues In Pakistan

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No fewer than eight people have been killed and 45 others wounded after a suicide bomber rammed his motorcycle into a bus in Peshawar, Pakistani police have said.

One of those killed include the son of an influential Afghan cleric, Qazi Amin Waqad. Qari Hilal died in Monday’s suicide bombing that appeared to have targeted Sahibzada Anees, a senior official in the city administration who had passed by shortly before the blast in the Jehangir Abad neighbourhood.

Qazi Amin Waqad is a member of Afghanistan’s High Peace Council, which is trying to draw the Afghan Taliban into peace talks.

Hilal was organising a conference of Afghan and Pakistani religious scholars to oppose militancy, Afghan consulate officials quoted by the Reuters news agency said.

The attack is the latest in a wave of violence that has rocked Pakistan ahead of national elections on May 11.

“At least eight people were killed and 45 others were wounded in the suicide bombing,” Mohammad Faisal, a police official, told the AFP news agency.

“The commissioner, who passed just a minute before from the road, was the target of the bombing, but he escaped unhurt as the bomber missed the target and struck his motorcycle into a passenger bus.”

He added that shattered body parts of the suicide bomber were found at the blast site.

Bomb disposal officials said the explosives weighed up to six kilogrammes.

At least 56 people have been killed in attacks targeting politicians and political parties since April 11, according to a tally by the AFP news agency.

No one immediately claimed responsibility for Monday’s attack, but the Pakistani Taliban who had always expressed its opposition to secular parties taking part in the forthcoming elections, had previously claimed several attacks over the weekend.

The group has been waging a bloody campaign against the government for years and has stepped up attacks ahead of the vote.

On Sunday, 11 people were killed in bomb attacks on a political rally and two campaign offices in the northwest.

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JUST IN: ECOWAS Lifts Sanctions On Mali

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US President, Donald Trump, Wife Test Positive For Covid-19

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President of the United States, Donald Trump, and his wife, Melania Trump have both tested positive for COVID-19.

The President took to his official Twitter handle on Friday to make this announcement.

Trump was last seen in public on Thursday afternoon, returning to the White House after a fundraising trip to New Jersey.

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On Thursday, he announced that his aide, Hope Hicks tested positive for the virus which has killed over 1 million people around the world.

He further revealed that he and the first lady had taken the test and waiting for the results before announcing the outcome on Friday.

 

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Mali: N’Daw, Coup Leader Goita Sworn In As President, VP

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Retired Army Colonel, Bah N’Daw has been sworn in on Friday as the interim president of Mali and he is to head a transitional government following last month’s military coup in the country.

The swearing-in ceremony held in the country’s capital city of Bamako, where Colonel Assimi Goita, who led the military junta, was also sworn in as interim vice president.

This administration is to lead the government for a maximum of 18 months before organising national elections.

Also Read: Buhari Attends Virtual ECOWAS Extraordinary Summit Over Mali Crisis

It will be recalled that the country’s military executed a coup last month (August 18) which successfully removed the nation’s president, Ibrahim Boubacar Keita from office.

Former President of Nigeria, Goodluck Jonathan, attended the ceremony alongside other members of the ECOWAS mediation team.

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