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Second election bombing in two days kills 12 in Pakistan

- The Washington Times - Tuesday, May 7, 2013

For the second time in two days, a hard-line Islamist party in Pakistan has been targeted by a bomber — and once again, the intended target has escaped harm.

On Tuesday, a suicide bomber pulled his motorcycle adjacent a vehicle that was transporting a Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam party candidate and detonated his explosive. A dozen were reported killed, The Associated Press said.

No one has yet taken responsibility for this Tuesday attack. Another 35 were injured — but Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam party candidate Mufti Syed Janan, the reported target, escaped without injury.

The bombing on Monday came by way of a Taliban group, AP reported. In that one, 25 were killed and another 70 injured when a Taliban militant placed a bomb near the main stage at a political rally held once again by Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam.

Once again, the targeted candidate escaped injury, AP said.

Elections in Pakistan are set for May 11.

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