Election Day violence kills over 50


The Election 2013 ended under the shadow of bomb blasts, rocket firings and shootings across the country, killing more than 50 people on the polls day.

Four bomb blasts occurred in various areas ofKarachiwhile three cracker attacks and exchange of fire were recurrent during the day.

Twin blasts in Qaidabad area ofKarachi, targeting an Awami National Party (ANP) candidate, killed eleven and injured 40 including children. The bomb ripped though the ANP polling camp located in Dawood Chali area where ANP candidate for PS-128 Amanullah Mehsud was present.

When people gathered to rescue the victims, another bomb exploded. The victims were rushed to Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre (JPMC).

Law enforcement agencies reached the site but enraged ANP workers did aerial firing and asked the lawmen to leave. The Bomb Disposal Squad (BDS) said that the first bombing was a low intensity cylinder blast while the second explosion was a remote control bombing.

Separately, five people including two ranger personnel were killed and eleven other persons were wounded when a suicide bomber hit his motorcycle with the rangers’ vehicle in Manghopir.

DSP Zahid Hussain said the rangers were checking the people when they signalled a bike to stop but the motorcyclist drove into the mobile. Four rangers are among the injured.

In another incident, motorcyclists thrown a hand grenade at the KMC School located near Metro Cinema while another grenade was thrown in 19/D, Rangar Muhallah, Madina Colony.

Two men were killed when a bus was blown up. Police said that bomb was planted in the bus and was exploded with remote control. Politically motivated violent incidents were also took place in various areas of the city.

A young man Shahid Razak affiliated with the MQM was killed during a clash with the PPP in New Karachi Industrial Area. A man, Aslam, was shot dead in PIB Colony police limits while another gunned down at UP More area of New Karachi police station.

A PPP local leader, Noman But aka Nomi, was gunned down by armed men in Lyari’s Kalri area during a clash with Kutchi Rabita Committee.

The BDS defused a bomb inNishter Roadarea that was planted close to a polling station.

Eight people, including a child were killed and dozens others were injured including two security personnel in incidents of bomb blasts, hand grenade hurling, rocket attacks and firing in various parts of Balochistan, on Saturday.

Unknown persons threw a hand grenade at polling stations of PB-4 in Killi Shabo area of Quetta city, killing one child and injuring eight persons including a child.

Three people were killed and five were wounded in an armed clash between two rival political parties in Killi Faizo area of Qila Abdullah.

Following the incident tension spread in the area, the angry mob blocked roads and set two vehicles on fire. Law enforcement agencies rushed to the site after the incident to control the situation.

Unidentified armed men opened fire on a polling station at Sourab area of Kalat district. Resultantly, two people were killed and three others sustained injuries. In Naseerabad district, one man was killed and seven others wounded in a landmine blast.

Police said that some people were heading towards polling station in a tractor trolley in Chattar area that rolled on a landmine. A vehicle of political workers was exploded by a remote controlled bomb in Gott Azam Khan area of Naseerabad in which two people got injured.

The office of Balochistan National Party’s candidate Mir Ahmad Nawaz was attacked near Burma Hotel in Sariab road Quetta with a hand grenade but no casualty was reported.

The office of Awami National Party candidate from NA-260 Naik Muhammad Kakar was attacked with a hand grenade. Five persons were injured in the attack.

A man was killed while district president of Balochistan BNP Haji Gulam Yasin Baloch escaped miraculously a life attempt when unknown persons opened fire at him at a polling station in Kharan district.

Three rockets were fired at the different polling stations in Nushki area while two rockets were fired in Kohlu district. Incidents of rocket firing were reported in Barkhan, Perkoh and Dera Murad Jamali.

Four people were killed and six others injured when gunmen ambushed a convoy of nephew of independent candidate in Chattar area of Naseerabad.

The caravan of independent candidate Syed Khadim Hussain Shah’s nephew was returning to Nasseerabad from Chattar when armed men targeted it. Four people were killed and six others wounded in the attack.

Staff Reporter from Peshawar adds: Three men were killed and 19 more got injured in blasts and firing near polling stations in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Fata.

A bomb planted with a motorcycle exploded in front of a women polling station on Charsadda Road at Larama locality in NA-3. Twelve people got injured including a police constable.

In another blast, one man died in Sheikh Muhammaddi area on Kohat road in Badaber area in the suburbs of Peshawar.

Separately, a remote controlled bomb went off when a police van was passing through Mashokhel area. Two persons were killed and six others including five policemen got wounds.

Two people were killed and three wounded in a scuffle during polling in Bhakkar district.  Staff Reporter from Rawalpindi adds: A political worker was killed while three others sustained injuries when a clash erupted between the supporters of the PTI and PML-N.

Political workers of PTI and PML-N gathered at Rehmanabad where election offices of both parties were situated. The workers pelted stones at each other and three men got injured. A PTI supporter was shot dead amid clash. In Gojar Khan, three people were killed in a gun clash between the PML-N and PTI workers. 

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