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At least 30 people have been killed in two blasts in southwestern Pakistan near the offices of two election candidates, according to local officials.

The first attack, which killed 18, took place at the office of an independent election candidate in Pishin district in the Balochistan region.

The second explosion in Qilla Saifullah, a town near the Afghan border, detonated near an office of Jamiat Ulema Islam (JUI), a religious party that has previously been the target of militant attacks, and killed 12 people, local authorities said.

No one immediately claimed responsibility for the attacks.

Bombing at independent candidate's election office kills at least 14 in Pakistan ahead of elections
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The aftermath of the attack in Qilla Saifullah. Pic: AP

Bombing at independent candidate's election office kills at least 14 in Pakistan ahead of elections
Qilla Saifullah , Quetta, Pakistan - 7 February 2024

Several groups, including the Islamist militant Pakistani Taliban and separatist groups from Balochistan, oppose the Pakistani state and have carried out a spate of attacks in recent months.

The attacks came despite the deployment of tens of thousands of police and paramilitary forces across Pakistan to ensure police following a recent surge in militant attacks, especially in Balochistan.

An injured man from the  Pashin district's bomb blast arrives at a hospital in Quetta, Pakistan.
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An injured man from the Pashin bomb blast arrives at a hospital in Quetta. Pic: AP

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Members of polling staff collect material for the general elections. Pic: AP
Police officers help members of polling staff to carry polling material. Pic: AP
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Polling staff and police officers carry polling material in Peshawar. Pic: AP

Last week a national assembly candidate was shot dead in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, and another political leader was shot dead on the same day in his party’s election office in Balochistan.

Paramilitary soldiers stand guard ahead of the elections. Pic: Reuters
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Paramilitary soldiers stand guard ahead of the elections. Pic: Reuters

The day before, a bomb attack following an election rally killed four people in Balochistan. Islamic State claimed responsibility.

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