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Five killed in violent Pakistan elections; mobile services suspended

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Five people were killed in militant attacks as Pakistan held a general election on Thursday after temporarily suspending mobile phone services across the country and closing some land borders to maintain law and order.

The interior ministry said it took the steps after at least 26 people were killed in two explosions near electoral candidates’ offices in the southwestern province of Balochistan on Wednesday. Islamic State later claimed responsibility for those attacks.

“As a result of the recent incidents of terrorism in the country precious lives have been lost, security measures are essential to maintain the law and order situation and deal with possible threats,” the ministry said in a post on messaging platform X.

Thousands of troops were deployed on the streets and at polling stations across the country and borders with Iran and Afghanistan were temporarily closed.

Four policemen were killed in a bomb blast and firing targeting a Police patrol in the Kulachi area of Dera Ismail Khan district in the northwest, local Police chief Rauf Qaisrani said. One person was killed when gunmen opened fire on a security forces vehicle in Tank, about 25 miles to the north.

Grenade attacks were also reported in different parts of Balochistan, but polling remained unaffected since there were no casualties, Saeed Ahmed Umrani, commissioner of the Makran division, told Reuters.

(New York Post)

 

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