May 6 - Dozens die as suicide bomber targets religious election rally in Pakistan. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.
Bloodshed in Pakistan as dozens die after a suicide bomber blows himself up at a right wing religious party rally. At least 25 people were killed and 65 wounded in the blast. The Taliban is claiming responsibility for the attack (SOUNDBITE) (Pashto) MOHAMMAD SHAHEEN, JUI WORKER, SAYING: "We were holding a rally for Islam and for the greater glory religion. We condemn the attack on this rally whether a suicide bomber or a timed blast. We are against blasts in markets, in mosques, and in such rallies. We are totally against this and we condemn it" Since April, the Pakistani Taliban have killed more than 90 people in election-related violence. Until now the Taliban had targeted secular parties in its bid to undermine the May 11th election, which it regards as un-Islamic.