Thousands attend funeral of Pakistan politician killed in Taliban attack Jul 12, 2018 0 336 12345 AFPPeshawarThousands flocked to the funeral Wednesday of a politician killed by a Taliban suicide bomber in northwestern Pakistan's Peshawar, hours after the explosion left 20 dead in the first major attack ahead of July 25 polls.A senior police official estimated that 30,000 people attended the funeral of the local leader of the Awami National Party (ANP), Haroon Bilour, was among those killed in the attack late Tuesday during an election rally.Party workers cried and hugged, while others looked on in shock as funeral prayers were said. Markets were also closed across the bustling frontier hub near the Afghan border out of respect for those killed in the attack.The ANP has been targeted by Islamist militants in the past over its vocal opposition to extremist groups like the Taliban.The bombing came hours after Pakistan's military spokesman said there were security threats ahead of the national elections. Bomb disposal chief Shafqat Malik told AFP that the suicide bomber -- who he said was around 16 years old -- had eight kilograms (18 pounds) of explosives and three kilograms of pellets, ball bearings and other shrapnel on his body.Peshawar lawyers went on strike on Wednesday to protest and mourn the death of Haroon, who was also a barrister.Bilour was one of the ANP's election candidates and belonged to an influential political family in the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province, of which Peshawar is the capital.His father Bashir Bilour, one of the ANP's top leaders, was also killed by a suicide bomber in 2012.Police said the bomber struck when Bilour was about to address some 200 supporters. Mohammad Khorasani, spokesman for the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) militant group, claimed responsibility for the attack in a statement. POST A COMMENT RELATED ARTICLES US may review Afghan strategy after a discouraging year: Officials Jul 12, 2018 0 41 Militants storm Afghan govt compound in Jalalabad, kill 11 staffers Jul 12, 2018 0 36 Will return to Pakistan despite sentencing, says Nawaz Jul 12, 2018 0 37 Afghan man deported from Germany commits suicide AFP Kabul An Afghan man deported from Germany has been found dead in a hotel room in Kabul after committing suicide, officials said Wednesday. The 23-year-old man, who has not been identified, was forcibly returned to the .. Act against 'pre-poll rigging', PML-N asks caretaker CM dawn.com Islamabad The PML-N on Wednesday demanded that caretaker Punjab Chief Minister Hasan Askari Rizvi take action against the arrest of over 200 party workers form Rawalpindi and the imposition of Section 144 in .. At lest 50 dead in Nepal floods and landslides dpa Kathmandu Floods and landslides triggered by monsoon rains in Nepal have killed at least 50 people and injured 20 others~in the last two weeks, officials said on Wednesday. The extreme weather has affected 36 of .. Sri Lanka to hang drug criminals AFP Colombo Sri Lanka announced Wednesday it would start hanging drug criminals, ending a near-half century moratorium on capital punishment as officials promised to"replicate the success"of the Philippines drug .. Scholars plead for peace in Afghanistan AFP Jeddah More than 100 Muslim scholars from around the world meeting Wednesday in the Saudi holy city of Makkah issued an urgent appeal for peace in Afghanistan as they ended a two-day conference. "The solution to the ..