Police on the spot after a bomb explosion in Quetta

Manan Mandokhail, Tayab Yalanzai, Barakat Baloch, News Desk

A series of low-scale bomb explosions reverberated across Quetta, Noshki, Dera Bugti, and Panjgur districts of Balochistan on Friday, targeting election campaign offices of various political parties and candidates.

Quetta Blast: In Quetta’s Eastern Bypass area, an explosion near the election campaign office of Mazloom Ulasi Tehreek’s candidate, Sadiq Khan Achakzai, left at least two individuals injured. Fortunately, Mr. Achakzai was not present during the attack. The injured were swiftly transported to the civil hospital in Quetta for medical attention. Police authorities have initiated an investigation into the incident.

Panjgur Residence Attack: Unknown miscreants targeted the residence of Rehmat Baloch, former Balochistan health minister and a candidate for a provincial assembly seat on the National Party (NP) ticket in Panjgur. The NP, expressing serious concern over the security situation, issued a condemnation statement and urged the Balochistan government to ensure the safety of candidates across the province.

Noshki Campaign Office Blast: A bomb exploded outside an election campaign office in the Noshki district, though thankfully no human casualties were reported. The incident underscores the tense atmosphere surrounding the election campaigns.

Dera Bugti Livestock Tragedy: In Dera Bugti district, a powerful landmine explosion devastated the Pat Feeder area, resulting in the tragic loss of numerous livestock. Levies officials confirmed no human casualties but noted the severe impact on the livelihoods of the affected communities. Security forces swiftly responded, cordoning off the area and launching an operation to secure the region.

Security Measures: As these incidents unfold, security forces are on high alert, aiming to ensure the safety and security of both political candidates and civilians during the election season. The attacks highlight the challenges faced by Balochistan in maintaining a secure environment amid political activities.

The Balochistan government is urged to intensify security measures and conduct thorough investigations into these incidents to bring the perpetrators to justice. These acts of violence not only threaten the democratic process but also pose a risk to the well-being of the communities affected.

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