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Bomb at Pakistan Islamist Campaign Stop Kills 9

A suicide bomber has killed at least nine people and wounded 35 others in northwest Pakistan in the second attack against Islamist party candidates in as many days.

Police say the attack occurred as the convoy of Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam party candidate Sayed Janan was moving through a market in the town of Hangu. It is unclear if Janan was wounded.

Separately, a roadside bomb also in northwestern Pakistan killed five people, including the brother of Pakistan People's Party candidate Zamin Khan, who was campaigning.

While no one has claimed responsibility for Tuesday's blasts, the Pakistani Taliban said it was behind the attack a day before on another member of the right-wing Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam party, Munir Orakzai. Orakzai escaped with slight wounds, but at least 23 people were killed.

Most election-related attacks have targeted Pakistan's secular parties, with violence killing more than 90 people since campaigning started in April. But the Taliban has targeted members of the Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam party because of the group's short-lived political alliance with Pakistan's previous government.

Pakistanis head to the polls to vote on a new government Saturday, marking the first handover from one civilian government to another in the country's history.

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