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Balochistan police identify Mastung suicide bomber

Pakistan Forward

ISLAMABAD -- Pakistani police said Thursday (July 19) that they have identified the perpetrator of a massive suicide bombing last week in Mastung, Geo News reported.

The bomber blew himself up July 13 during an election rally in Mastung, killing at least 149 people, including an election candidate. The "Islamic State of Iraq and Syria" (ISIS) claimed responsibility.

The culprit was identified as Abbottabad resident Hafiz Nawaz, Balochistan Inspector General of Police Mohsin Hassan Butt told the Senate Standing Committee on Interior.

Nawaz was a member of ISIS and affiliated with Lashkar-e-Jhangvi, Butt said, adding that he had travelled to Sindh to link up with a banned organisation.

"The facilitators of the attack have also been detected," Butt said.

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