4 killed in Balochistan polling station attack

Quetta (Balochistan) [Pakistan], Jul 25 (ANI): At least four people, including three army personnel, were killed in an attack at a polling station in Balochistan's Kech district, the Pakistan Army's media wing, Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said on Wednesday. In a statement, the ISPR said that the incident occurred on Tuesday night, when the four people, part of an election staff were doing their electoral and security duties in NA-271 Buleda seat, ARY news reported. In the attack, ten people were also injured and were rushed to a hospital in Karachi. It is to be noted that Kech district is situated close to the Pakistan-Iran border, which was closed during the general elections. Voting began at 8 am (local time), during which most of Pakistan's nearly 106 million people came out to cast their votes. It ended at 6 pm. Earlier today morning, 31 people were killed in a suicide blast outside a polling station near Eastern Bypass in Balochistan's Quetta. Prior to the election, 149 people were killed when an explosion targetted a political rally in Mastung in Balochistan, which also claimed the life of Balochistan Awami Party (BAP) candidate Siraj Raisani. On a related note, voting began at 8 am (local time), during which most of Pakistan's nearly 106 million people came out to cast their votes. It ended at 6 pm. Voting was marred by reports of electoral violence and clashes, which led to casualties. In some places, voting had to be temporarily halted. In the 2013 elections, the PML-N, led by former Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, emerged as the largest party with 166 seats out of a total of 342 seats in the National Assembly. Although the seats were short of a majority, Sharif was able to form a government after several independents joined his party. (ANI)
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