On Sunday, a suicide bombing took place at a gathering of the Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) party in Bajaur district, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan. The death toll from the attack has risen to 46, with over 150 others injured. The explosion occurred when a party leader was speaking, and party officials have reported that several of their members, including the Khar General Secretary and District Press Secretary, were among the casualties. The bomb went off near the Shandi area, close to the town of Khar. The district hospital has treated approximately 90 wounded individuals and has handed over 36 bodies to their families. The Counter Terrorism Department (CTD) has registered a First Information Report (FIR) against unknown suspects. Investigations are ongoing and the Peshawar corps commander has visited the hospital to meet with the injured and extend condolences to the victims’ families. Security officials suspect the involvement of the Islamic State (IS-K) in the attack. Bajaur district, along the border with Afghanistan, has seen a surge in terrorist activity in recent months. A report released this month highlighted a rise in terror attacks across the country and the formalized nexus between insurgent groups and the outlawed TTP. The Pakistani armed forces have expressed concerns about the safe havens available to terrorists in Afghanistan.
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