Police in northern Pakistan said that 30 people were killed on Tuesday in a suicide blast at the funeral of a local businessman, Reuters reported.
One of the dead was provincial lawmaker Imran Mohmand, a member of the political party of popular former cricketer Imran Khan, the centrist Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI). It is believed he was targeted for his anti-Taliban stance and activities.
Reuters reported the bombing happened in the city of Mardan, in an area that heavily favors PTI. Mohmand was formerly a member of the Awami National Party, which used to control the province but was heavily targeted by the Taliban during election season and suffered several fatal attacks.
The Taliban hasn’t provided any comment on the Mardan attack.
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