The deputy leader of Pakistan’s Senate escaped an assassination attempt today when a suicide bomber targeted his convoy in the country’s southwestern Baluchistan province, killing 25 people and wounding dozens more, government officials said.
The Islamic State took responsibility for the attack on its official Amaq News Agency.
The bomber struck soon after Abdul Ghafoor Haideri’s convoy left a madrassa, an Islamic religious school, in the town of Mastung, not far from the provincial capital of Quetta.
Shaken but with only minor cuts and bruises, Haideri said he could not speculate on the reason for the attack.
“I was sitting in the front seat when the strong explosion occurred,” he said. “The windshield of my vehicle broke and the door was destroyed. Broken glass and splinters hit me in the hand but thank God I did not suffer any major injury. …. I can’t say why the blast (happened) or what led to it.”