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Deadly Roadside Bomb Targets Pakistani Election Convoy

  • RFE/RL's Radio Mashaal

QUETTA, Pakistan -- Pakistani officials say a roadside bomb struck an election campaign convoy belonging to the country’s main opposition party, killing four people and injuring more than 20.

The attack in the Khuzdar district of southwestern Balochistan Province on April 16 targeted vehicles traveling with Sanaullah Zehri, the provincial head of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz party.

Zehri escaped unharmed, but the blast killed his son, brother, nephew, and their guard. It was the third attack on political targets in as many days.

Since April 14, two election workers and a politician have also been killed in the northwestern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province.

Due to an increase in election-related violence, interim Prime Minister Mir Hazar Khan Khoso last week ordered a tightening of security for all candidates for the May 11 general elections.

With reporting by