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Deadly Bombings In Southern Pakistan Seek To Disrupt Elections

Pakistani security officials search a vehicle found packed with explosives after its seizure by police on the outskirts of Islamabad on April 23.
Two separate bombings in southern Pakistan aimed at disrupting upcoming elections have killed at least eight people.

A suicide bomber drove his vehicle into a checkpoint near a Shi’ite area in Quetta on April 23, killing six people and wounding some 30 others.

Khaliq Hazara, chairman of the Hazara Democratic Party, said he was likely the intended target of the blast as he had just addressed a crowd in the area shortly before the attack.

The Hazara, a Shi’ite minority, have been attacked several times this year in the Quetta area.

In Karachi, two men riding a motorcycle threw a bomb at the office of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM), killing two people and wounding at least 15 others.

The MQM is one of the secular parties Pakistan's Taliban has threatened ahead of May 11 national elections.

On April 23, police say they found a car packed with explosives some 150 meters from the main gate of the house of former President Pervez Musharraf.

Musharraf is under house arrest in connection with a case involving his decision to fire senior judges while in power.

Based on reporting by Reuters and AFP