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Nationwide terror attacks in Pakistan preceding polls; 11 dead
Publication Date : 25-04-2013
Another explosion rocked Pakistan's Quetta on Wednesday evening, the ninth blast in three different provinces in the last 24 hours, as proof of the deteriorating law and order situation in the coutnry as the historic May 11 polls draw nearer.
At least two people were injured in the latest attack in the Jan Muhammad road area of Quetta, the capital of the volatile Balochistan province on Wednesday, police said. Fayyaz Sumbal, the Deputy Inspector General Police in Quetta said unknown militants planted a bomb close to a shop in the area. He said two passersby were injured when the bomb went off.
The blast also damaged the windows of nearby homes and shops. The injured were rushed to the Civil Hospital Quetta for treatment.
This was the seventh such blast in the last 24 hours that has rattled Quetta. And locals have become increasingly fearful of further attacks.
Aside from Quetta, attacks have also taken place in Karachi, Peshawar and Dera Ismail Khan, claiming 11 lives and leaving over 70 wounded.
Fifteen other people were injured in two separate attacks earlier Wednesday. Militants on motorcycles lobbed a hand-held bomb on Quetta’s Kechi Baig police station, injuring two policemen. Meanwhile, a blast outside a private hospital in the city’s Gailani road area injured 13 people, including two children. Police said the bomb was planted in a cycle parked outside the hospital.
Six people have now been killed in Quetta since Tuesday evening, with over 60 wounded.
Banned extremist outfit, the Lashkar-i-Jhangvi (LJ), had claimed responsibility of Tuesday’s attacks.
Late Tuesday, militants also attacked an election camp of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) in Karachi.
The blast left at least five people dead and 15 others injured.
A strike was observed in the country’s commercial capital on Wednesday at the call of the MQM in protest of the killings.
Earlier Wednesday, an explosion near the house of a local Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) leader injured three people in Peshawar’s Sarki Gate area.
Meanwhile, two remotely detonated roadside bombs exploded in Dera Ismail Khan this morning when a convoy of election candidates was passing through the area. No casualties were reported.
Pakistan goes to the polls on May 11 for an election that will mark the first time a civilian government has handed over power at the ballot box after completing a full term in office.
Reports by Syed Ali Shah in Quetta and Zahir Shah Sherazi in Peshawar