At least 33 killed in Pakistan election violence

At least 33 people have been killed across Pakistan following a series of violence and bombings on the day of the country’s general elections.

At least 31 of the 33 people killed across Pakistan died following a suicide bombing at a polling station in Quetta.  A suicide bomber blew himself up outside the station.

Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attack.

Elsewhere, one person died in a grenade attack in Khuzdar, in Balochistan province, while a shooting between political rivals in Swabi, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province left another dead.

A number of others were injured in incidents across the country. Clashes were reported in Mardan, Rajanpur, Khipro and Kohistan.

The violence occurred despite tight security, with hundreds of thousands of troops and police officers deployed across the country.

Islamic State militants claimed responsibility for an attack targeting a political rally earlier this month in Mastung that killed at least 149 people.

Millions of Pakistani citizens have taken to the polls to vote, with the parties of ex-cricket star Imran Khan and disgraced former PM Nawaz Sharif competing for the most seats. Voting officially closed at 18:00 (13:00 GMT), with the results probably known early on Thursday.

The campaign has been overshadowed by concerns of fraud and violence, and the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan says there have been “blatant” attempts to manipulate the polls.

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