12 Dead in attack on political candidate in Pakistan

Islamabad, Apr 16 (EFE).- At least 12 people died Tuesday and 40 were injured in a suicide attack in the northwestern Pakistani city of Peshawar against a politician running for office in next month's general elections, police told Efe.

The attack came early in the evening near Yakatut, capital of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province, and targeted a rally for Gulam Ahmed Bilour, a leader of the Awami National Party.

Among the dead are four police officers, while three more officers and Bilour himself were wounded.

Last December, an insurgent attack in Yakatut killed politician Bashir Ahmed Bilour, Gulam's brother.

The ANP is a party representing secular-minded Pashtuns in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa and has suffered numerous attacks by the Taliban, which is also largely Pashtun.

This attack on Gulam Bilour comes after four people died in a bombing that targeted the convoy of another politician in the southwestern province of Baluchistan.

The politician, Sanaullah Zehri, was not hurt in the attack, but his son, brother and nephew were killed in the explosion.

In recent days, a number of attacks - many of them deadly - have been carried out against candidates of different parties, especially secular ones, in various parts of the country.