13 killed, 15 wounded during election in Pakistan

Thirteen people were killed and at least 15 others wounded in clashes between two rival groups during local bodies elections in southern Pakistan

Photo by: AFP
Photo by: AFP

A Pakistani voter registers her vote during a local government election at a polling station in Lahore on October 31, 2015

During the local bodies elections in Pakistan, two rival political groups clashed and 13 people killed while at least 15 others injured on Saturday, city police chief Pir Muhammad Shah told reporters.

Eleven people died on the scene, as another lost his life at hospital. Shah added that one of them was also killed in the clash during the election period in Faisalabad city.

The clash erupted at a polling station in Sindh province’s Khairpur when the rival groups opened fire at eachother following a verbal argument regarding an allegation that the election was rigged. 

The left-wing Pakistan People's Party (PPP) that dominates southern Sindh province announced the victims to its supporters.

"The killers of our supporters have been identified, and raids are being conducted to arrest them," declared Nisar Khuhro, a senior provincial minister and a PPP leader.

Meanwhile, a number of attacks were reported between the ruling and opposition parties’ activists in the first stage of the elections in the Punjab and Sindh provinces.

Police said at least one hundred people were detained from both sides.

The government also called in army troops to take control of the situation, local media reported.



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