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31 killed in suicide attack at polling station in Pakistan’s Quetta

Today, July 25th 2018, a suicide bombing outside a polling station in Quetta, Pakistan, killed 31 and left more than 30 injured. Both police and civilians are amongst the dead and wounded. Eight of the injured were reported to be in a critical condition.

The bomber had attempted to enter the polling station but when prevented by police he detonated the explosives outside.

Polling began for the elections today but political rallies and campaigns have been frequent targets in recent weeks.

On July 13th a suicide bomber targeted an election campaign event for the Balochistan Awami Party (BAP) in Drigarh, a town in Mastung district of Balochistan, which left over 300 dead and wounded.

Only days earlier, on July 10th 2018, a suicide bomber detonated his explosives during a rally by an anti-Taliban political party in Peshawar, Pakistan, leaving at least 20 killed and 65 injured.

Action on Armed Violence (AOAV) has been monitoring explosive violence harm across the globe since October 2010.

In Pakistan in 2017 the number of civilian casualties from explosive weapons increased by 51% compared to the previous year. Of those casualties, 58% were caused by improvised explosive devices (IEDs) and 49% were caused by incidents involving suicide bombers.

AOAV condemns the attack in Pakistan and calls for states and international organisations to work collaboratively to generate greater awareness of the number of civilians killed and injured each year by IEDs, and encourage a greater stigma from political, religious and social leaders on the use of IEDs. There is an urgent need for preventative measures to be implemented by States and the international community.