*QUETTA: *At least 111 people, including Balochistan Awami Party leader Siraj Raisani, were martyred and several others injured in a suicide attack in Balochistan’s Mastung district on Friday in the third such attack on election candidates in the run up to July 25 polls.
The Islamic State, also known by its Arabic acronym Da’ish, claimed responsibility of the attack, according to the group’s Amaq agency.
Provincial caretaker home minister, Agha Umar Bangulzai confirmed the death toll.
Siraj was attacked during a corner meeting organised for the promotion of his candidature for the constituency of PB-35. Siraj’s death was confirmed by his brother Lashkari Raisani.
After the incident, a large contingent of security forces cordoned off the area with the injured shifted to Civil Hospital Quetta, where an emergency was imposed.
Siraj is also the brother of former Balochistan chief minister Mohammad Aslam Khan Raisani.