Pakistan mourns 149 dead in country’s second deadliest terror attack

Pakistan is mourning the deaths of 149 people, including nine children, in the country’s second deadliest militant attack since its independence.

A suicide bomber hit a campaign rally in Mastung, in the south-western province of Balochistan, late last week where more than 180 were injured.

Police said a local candidate was among the dead as so-called Islamic State (IS) claimed the attack which comes ahead of a general election on July 25.

The poll has been marred by violence and what observers say is a crackdown on political activists, journalists and critics of the powerful military.

According to government officials, some 70 people are still in hospital following the attacks.

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