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Bomb attacks hit Pakistan schools ahead of elections
The photo shows the site of a bomb explosion targeting the office of Pakistan’s Awami National Party (ANP) in Karachi, April 26, 2013.
The photo shows the site of a bomb explosion targeting the office of Pakistan’s Awami National Party (ANP) in Karachi, April 26, 2013.
Thu May 2, 2013 8:59AM
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On April 28, six people died in a bomb attack targeting the office building of an election candidate in the town of Kohat in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province, along Pakistan’s border with Afghanistan.

Pakistani police say bomb attacks have targeted two schools designated as polling stations for the country’s upcoming elections.


On Thursday, a boys primary school and a middle school came under bomb attacks at the village of Chattar in Naseerabad district of the southwestern province of Baluchistan.

“The school buildings were designated as polling stations for the May 11 general election and we think that they were targeted for this reason,” said district police chief Tahir Allauddin.

He said three rooms of the middle school in the village, about 350 kilometers (217 miles) southeast of the city of Quetta, were destroyed and both rooms of the primary school were demolished.

No group has claimed responsibility for the bombings.

Dozens of people have been killed in direct attacks on Pakistani politicians and political parties since April 11.

On April 28, six people died in a bomb attack targeting the office building of an election candidate in the town of Kohat in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province, along Pakistan’s border with Afghanistan. The bombing was carried out outside the office of Noor Akbar Khan, an independent candidate from Orakzai Agency. Nearly two dozen people were also injured in the bomb attack.

Pakistan will hold its National Assembly elections on May 11. The National Assembly has a total of 342 members, of which 272 are elected by popular vote. The last National Assembly elections were held in February 2008.

Pakistan will also hold elections for 577 seats of the Provincial Assemblies on the same day.

On April 27, five people were killed and nearly 30 others were injured in three bombings in the southern port city of Karachi. Police said two bombs were planted near the office of the Muttahida Quami Movement (MQM) in Qasba Colony area. The third attack targeted the office of the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) in Lyari district.

A car bomb attack at a political meeting of the Awami National Party (ANP) in Karachi also killed over ten people and injured at least 40 others on April 26. Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) militant group claimed responsibility for the bombing.

The TTP militants previously announced that they would target the election rallies of Awami National Party, Pakistan People’s Party, and Muttahida Quami Movement.

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