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Bomb at Islamist party rally in Pakistan kills 14

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Associated Press

PARACHINAR, Pakistan -- A Pakistani official says a bomb blast has killed at least 14 people at an election campaign rally of a pro-Taliban party in the country's northwest.

Javed Khan, a government administrator in the Kurram tribal region where the bombing took place, says Monday's attack also wounded 50 people.

He says the bomb was apparently planted near the main stage of the rally.

Khan says two party leaders escaped unhurt. No one immediately claimed responsibility for the blast.

The Jamiat-e-Ulema Islam party is considered supportive of the Afghan Taliban's fight against the United States and its allies. It's also sympathetic to the Pakistani Taliban.

The Taliban have in recent weeks attacked secular Pakistani parties. Elections are to be held on May 11.

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