Quetta: As Pakistan goes to polls today at least 25 people, including police officials, have been killed in a blast in Quetta on Wednesday.
Inspector General of police Mohsin Butt confirmed to Dawn that death toll has reached 25.
The report said that the area was crowded as people were making their way to cast their vote at the Tameer-e-Nau Model School.
Polling has been halted that station.
Suicide bomber wanted to enter polling station; DIG Abdul Razzak escapes unhurt
The blast that left scores dead took took place near Quetta’s Eastern Bypass when the police van was targeted in the attack.
The attack was part of a larger pattern of attacks targeting security forces vehicles and not targeting the electoral process, the report said.
The suicide bomber wanted to enter the polling station, a police spokesperson was quoted as saying by the GEO News.
DIG Abdul Razzak Cheema’s convoy was attacked. He is reported to be safe, according to sources, as quoted by the report.