Violence reported as polling kicks off

PESHAWAR / KARACHI / QUETTA: At least 31 people have been killed and 37 others injured in separate incidents of election-related violence across the country.

At least 28 people, including five police officials, were martyred and 30 injured in a suicide attack in the Bhosa Mandi area of Quetta.

The attack targetted the convoy of DIG Abdul Razzaq Cheema. PHOTO: EXPRESS

The attack targetted the convoy of DIG Abdul Razzaq Cheema near a polling station on the Eastern Bypass. The senior police official remained unhurt in the attack, however, SHO Bhosa Mandi succumbed to his injuries.

At least one person was killed and two others were injured in an exchange of fire between rivals at a polling station in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa’s Swabi.

According to DPO, a Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf worker was killed as party activists clashed with Awami National Party (ANP) workers outside a polling station for NA- 19 (Swabi II) and PK-47 (Swabi V) in Nawan Kali area.

Another person was killed in firing outside a Mirpurkhas polling station in NA-219 Dighri area. The victim was identified as Sikandar Noohani.

In a separate incident, one person was killed while five people were injured in a cracker blast outside a political camp in Larkana.

Voting was resumed after being briefly halted across Larkana NA-200/PS-11 post the explosion.

This is a developing story and will be updated accordingly.


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