Explosions in Pakistan’s Balochistan Kill 22 Ahead of Elections

At least 22 people lost their lives in two bomb explosions in Balochistan province, Pakistan, just before the general elections.

The first blast, claiming 14 lives, struck outside an independent candidate’s party office in Pishin district. The second explosion, which left eight dead, occurred in Qillah Saif Ullah district.

These attacks have added to the violence and controversy surrounding the elections. No group has yet claimed responsibility for the Pishin attack, located close to Quetta.

Social media images depict the destruction caused, with vehicles and motorcycles severely damaged. The second blast targeted the election office of the JUI-F party in Qila Saifullah.

Balochistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa provinces have witnessed violent incidents leading up to the vote. Police are investigating the cause of the explosions, while the injured have been taken to nearby hospitals.

Despite the attacks, Balochistan authorities assure the election will proceed as planned, with provincial information minister Jan Achakzai emphasizing the commitment to uphold the democratic process.

This simplified explanation draws from BBC’s reporting on the events.


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