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Pak election candidate escapes bid on life

world Updated: May 03, 2013 15:56 IST
Pakistan general elections

A candidate in Pakistan's upcoming general election had a narrow escape on Wednesday when a suicide bomber blew himself up near his motorcade in southern Sindh province, injuring two persons.

The attacker targeted National People's Party leader Ibrahim Jatoi's convoy at a toll plaza in Shikarpur area on Wednesday morning.

Jatoi told the media that he was not injured by the blast.

Two of Jatoi's supporters were wounded and two vehicles in the motorcade were destroyed.

Jatoi is contesting polls to a parliamentary seat in Shikarpur area.

Police officials confirmed the attack had been carried out by a suicide bomber.

They said they had found the head and body parts of the attacker.

Security forces cordoned off the area and launched a search operation after the attack.

At Dera Murad Jamali in Balochistan province, a car bomb went off near the motorcade of independent candidate Allahdino Umrani though there were no casualties.

No group claimed responsibility for both attacks, the latest in a series of bombings targeting politicians and campaign meetings ahead of Pakistan’s landmark May 11 general election, which will mark the first democratic transition of power in the country’s history.