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Blast at Pakistan election rally
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Last Modified: 09 Feb 2008 15:01 GMT
A powerful explosion has ripped through an election rally being held by an opposition party in northwestern Pakistan.
 
Javed Iqbal Cheema, interior ministry spokesman said: "We've been told 14 people were killed and 24 wounded. Apparently, it was a suicide attack."
The blast occured at a rally of the opposition Awami National Party (ANP) in the town of Charsadda in North West Frontier Province.
 
Afrasiab Khattak, the party's leader who was addressing the rally at the time, told Dawn Television that he was safe.
Police said the dead and wounded were being transported to a hospital.
 
The ANP is a secular ethnic Pashtun group competing in the legislative elections on February 18.
 
Elections were postponed from January 8 after Benazir Bhutto, a former prime minister, was assassinated in December.
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