No fewer than 30 people have been killed and dozens wounded in a suicide bomb attack on a polling station as Pakistanis turn out for a nationwide election Wednesday.
This comes despite the military stationing over 370,000 personnel nationwide to ensure security, bolstered by 450,000 police.
“(The bomber) was trying to enter the polling station. When police tried to stop him he blew himself up,” a local administration official in the southwestern city of Quetta, Hashim Ghilzai, told AFP.
Dr Wasim Baig, the spokesman for the Sandeman Provincial Hospital in Quetta, said the death toll had risen to 30 after two people died of their injuries. Over 30 people were injured from the blast.
The attack was claimed by the Islamic State group through its official Amaq news agency, though no proof was given to confirm it.
AFP reports that it was IS’s latest assault on Balochistan, Pakistan’s poorest and most restive province which struggles with multiple Islamist and separatist insurgencies.
It comes after a series of brutal attacks on the impoverished province that killed more than 180 during the brief but acrimonious election campaign for the keenly contested poll.
An earlier attack in Balochistan on Wednesday left one policeman dead and three wounded when a hand grenade was thrown at a polling station in the village of Koshk, in Khuzdar district.