International desk- At least 128 people have been killed after a suicide bomber attacked an election campaign rally in western Pakistan, officials said.
A local candidate was among the dead in the Mastung town, police say. So-called Islamic State (IS) claimed the attack, according to BBC.
Earlier, a bomb attack on a similar rally in the northern town of Bannu killed four people. The attacks come ahead of general elections on 25 July.
Among those killed was Baluchistan provincial assembly candidate Siraj Raisani, his family said. He was a candidate for the Balochistan Awami party.
Local officials say the attacker detonated a bomb inside a crowded compound where the campaign rally was being held.
“Human remains and red bloody pieces of flesh were littered everywhere in the compound,” local journalist Attah Ullah said.
“Injured people were crying in pain and fear,” he added.
IS militants used their news outlet to claim the group carried out the attack.
IS has carried out a number of attacks in the region bordering Afghanistan in recent years. However, security has improved since the military managed to clear large swathes of territory.
Friday’s bombing was the deadliest attack since militants from the Pakistani Taliban assaulted an army-run school in Peshawar in December 2014, killing 141 people, 132 of them children.
Earlier in the day, a campaign convoy of another candidate was attacked in Bannu.
Akram Khan Durrani, who represents the MMA party, was unhurt, officials say.
No group has so far claimed responsibility for that attack.