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10 Dead in bomb blast at Pakistan political rally


Islamabad, May 6 (EFE).- At least 10 people died and about 30 were wounded Monday when a bomb went off at an election rally in the northwestern Kurram tribal zone, a Pakistani official told Efe.

The attack was staged when a candidate for the religious Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam party was getting ready to address a group of followers ahead of next Sunday's nationwide legislative elections, according to a local Kurram official.

Dawn newspaper, citing unnamed officials, said that the death toll was 15 and more than 40 people were injured, while Geo television said that there were about 3,000 people at the rally.

The attack was "energetically" condemned by interim Prime Minister Hazar Jan Joso, who in a written statement expressed his "regret over the loss of innocent lives."

The JUI-F was the Islamist party with the greatest parliamentary representation in the last legislature, in part due to the fact that the bulk of the religious forces boycotted the 2008 elections.

The party's leader, Fazlur Rehman, was the target of two bloody attacks on consecutive days a year ago that took the lives of almost 30 people in the northwestern province of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, which borders on the tribal zones.

An average of 60-70 people a day have died in election-related violence in Pakistan over the last three weeks, according to media accounts.