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6th May 2013

Two school buildings were partially damaged in two separate blasts in Barkhan area of Balochistan. (File Photo)


QUETTA (Dawn): Within the past 24 hours, four attacks took place at different locations in Balochistan province which were designated as polling stations for the upcoming May 11 elections whereas the National Party Chief Dr Malik Baloch narrowly escaped unhurt in a hand-grenade attack on his vehicle in Turbat area on the province on Monday.

At least three passers-by were injured when the vehicle of Dr Baloch came under a hand grenade attack.

Moreover, militants fired a rocket at a school  which was proposed as a polling station in Mastung district of Balochistan on Monday morning, Levies sources told adding that the building of the school was destroyed in the attack.

In another incident, two school buildings were partially damaged in two separate blasts in Barkhan area of Balochistan.

A levies official Wali Khan Khetran told that militants had planted Improvised Explosive Devices (IED)s near both schools. He said both schools were designated as  polling stations for May 11 elections.

Khetran further said that militants also blew up a dispensary, which was designated a a polling station for the upcoming elections, in the area.

There was no loss of life in any of the attacks on the polling stations.

Militants in Balochistan have intensified their attacks on electoral candidates and their offices as the polls fast approach. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack.

Teachers call off boycott against election duties

Deliberations between Commissioner Quetta and the members of the Teachers Association, who had boycotted against performance of election duties in sensitive areas of the province,  went successful on Monday and the women teachers called off their boycott after their demands were accepted.




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