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Two polling stations blown up

May 03, 2013

QUETTA, May 2: Two schools designated as polling stations for the May 11 elections were blown up in the Chatter area of Nasirabad district on Thursday, official sources said.

Police sources told Dawn that an improvised explosive device planted in a government middle school in Tahir Kot was detonated on Wednesday night and a primary school was blown up on Thursday in a nearby village in Chatter tehsil.

Three rooms of the middle school were completely destroyed while five others suffered partial damage. The two-room primary school was completely destroyed, police said.

Sources in the provincial election commission confirmed that the two schools were to be used as polling stations in the elections.

AFP adds: “The school buildings were designated as polling stations for the May 11 general elections and we think that they were targeted for this reason,” district police chief Tahir Allauddin said.—Saleem Shahid