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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