More Than Two Dozen Dead in Election Day Bombing in Pakistan

File photo: Quetta City Bazaar Credit: Najamuddin Shahwani

(From UPI)

Dozens of people were killed in Pakistan Wednesday when a bomb went off near a Quetta polling station, as the country held national elections.

The blast, targeting a police convoy, killed two police officers and injured 40 people just hours after polls opened for parliamentary elections.

Authorities reported at least 29 dead.

More than 30 political parties and 12,570 candidates are competing for the support of 106 million registered voters, who will elect the national and four provincial assemblies Wednesday. . . .

The Islamic State terror group claimed responsibility for the Wednesday attack, which followed others at political rallies that led up to election day.

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