Multiple blasts in Pakistan as historic polls underway

Updated: May 11, 2013 12:20 IST

Multiple blasts hit three Pakistani cities on Saturday as historic polls got underway in the country. At least 15 people are feared dead and many more have been injured, media reports said.

Multiple blasts in Pakistan as historic polls underway
The first blast went off near the election office of Amanullah Mehsud, an Awami National Party candidate contesting polls to the Sindh Assembly. Mehsud escaped unhurt though several ANP workers were among the dead and injured.
Multiple blasts in Pakistan as historic polls underway
Minutes later, second blast went off near a station and an ANP office in the same area as rescue teams were busy rushing the victims of the first attack to hospital. The second blast triggered a stampede at the polling station and disrupted voting.
Multiple blasts in Pakistan as historic polls underway
Two persons were killed and several injured when a bus was targeted by the third blast at Qasba Colony in Karachi.
Multiple blasts in Pakistan as historic polls underway
Pakistani army soldiers react as they secure the area around a polling station that was hit by a bomb blast, in Peshawar.
Multiple blasts in Pakistan as historic polls underway
Two policemen were killed and four others injured in an explosion at Toorghar in Peshawar. In another bomb attached to a motorcycle went off outside a women's polling station, injuring eight persons. Five persons were wounded when a suicide bomber detonated his explosive vest after he was intercepted by police outside another polling station in a suburb of Peshawar.
Multiple blasts in Pakistan as historic polls underway
Another blast was reported from the restive Quetta region. More than 130 people were killed in bombings and shootings ahead of the historic vote in what many observers have called Pakistan's most deadly election.

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