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31 Killed, 35 Injured In Blast Outside Quetta Polling Station In Pakistan During General Elections

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| July 25 , 2018 , 13:15 IST

At least 31 people, including 3 policemen and 2 children have been killed and 35 others injured in a suspected suicide attack blast on Wednesday outside a polling station, in Quetta, the capital of the Pakistan province of Balochistan. The attack took place on the same day as Pakistan's 11th General Elections on Wednesday.  

According to reports, the explosion took place near a police vehicle on routine patrolling near the Eastern Bypass in Quetta.

A police spokesperson quoted by GeoTV said that the suicide bomber wanted to enter the polling station.

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"The suicide bomber blew himself up when police and FC personnel stopped him from entering the station," the police spokesperson said.

The bomb disposal squad was also called in to the site of the attack after reports that an unexploded grenade had been discovered.

DIG Abdul Razzak Cheema said that the injured have been shifted to the Sandeman Provincial Hospital, and that a state of emergency has been declared at the hospital.

On Tuesday, the border crossing between Pakistan and Afghanistan in Balochistan's Chaman was closed by the government for 2 days due to the general elections.

A total of 105.95 million voters in Pakistan are expected to cast their respective votes across 85,000 polling stations to elect a new National Assembly and provincial assemblies in the nation's 11th General elections.

Due to the wave of violence and terrorist attacks leading up to the elections, security has been boosted with 8 lakh law enforcement and army personnel being deployed across Pakistan.