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25 Killed In Pakistani Election Rally Bombing

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An explosion during an election rally in Kurram Agency for a Pakistani political party has left 25 people dead and scores injured.

A Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam (JUI) candidate, Munir Orakzai, is thought to have survived the bomb attack, which happened on Monday.

A government administrator for the remote region where the explosion took place said at least 50 people were injured in the attack, but that two party leaders escaped unhurt.

According to him, the bomb was planted inside the building that was the venue for the rally of two National Assembly candidates representing the JUI faction led by Fazul-ur-Rehman, a religious leader.

One of the candidates, Munir Orakzai, escaped unhurt while the other, Ain u Din Shakir, was slightly injured, the administrator said.

It was the first deadly attack on a political party in the tribal belt since campaigning began for what will be Pakistan’s first democratic transition of power after a civilian government has completed a full term in office.

Mir Hazar Khan Khoso, Pakistan’s interim prime minister, strongly condemned the attack and said another national assembly candidate had been injured.

Pakistani Taliban has taken responsibility for the attack.

“Basically it was an attack on Munir Orakzai, who was a part of the past government for five years,” Ehsanullah Ehsan, Taliban spokesman, told AFP news agency by telephone from an undisclosed location.

The tribal belt is a stronghold of armed Taliban-linked groups and Kurram has been dogged by sectarian violence between Pakistan’s Sunni Muslim majority and Shia minority.

The Pakistani Taliban has condemned the elections as un-Islamic and directly threatened the main parties in the outgoing coalition: the Pakistan People’s Party, the Muttahida Qaumi Movement and the Awami National Party.

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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.

Also Read: What I Told Trump When He Accused Me Of Killing Christians – Buhari

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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