Saturday, May 11, 2013

Pakistani elections: 11 killed by bomb blast in Karachi

At least 11 people have been killed in a bomb blast as polls opened across Pakistan in landmark national and provincial elections.

The attack on the office of the Awami National party (ANP) in the port city of Karachi on Saturday morning, which killed 11 people and wounded 35, underlined the risks faced by the country's 86 million voters.

At least two more were wounded in two subsequent blasts and local media reported gunfire in the city. The violence follows a string of bombings and shootings by the Taliban, which have marred the runup to the elections and claimed the lives of more than 130 people.