Pakistan: 11 killed in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa as poll violence continues

1st Jun 2015

[Photo: Two groups are clashing during Local Government Elections in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. — PPI]

 

By Ali Akbar

 

PESHAWAR, (Dawn): Poll-related violence continues in different areas of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Monday as 11 people were killed and several injured in Tank and Kohat districts.

Last night, eight people were killed while a dozen sustained injuries from gunfire during the announcement of local government elections results. According to sources, winning candidates were busy celebrating when unidentified gunmen opened fire.

Police said a First Information Report (FIR) was registered against a man named Muntazir khan.

Meanwhile, three people were killed while five sustained injuries in a firing incident in the district of Kohat. According to sources, winning candidate Zabih Ullah was on his way to thank voters for electing him when unidentified gunmen opened fire, killing three and injuring five people.

A little over four years after the Awami National Party-led coalition government dissolved the local bodies in the erstwhile North-West Frontier Province, 13 million voters from across Khyber Pakhtunkhwa were expected on Saturday to elect 41,000 members in what in proportionate terms can rightly be described as Pakistan’s biggest local government election exercise.

The last local government elections took place in KP in February 2005.

http://www.dawn.com/news/1185499/11-killed-in-kp-as-poll-violence-continues

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