Pakistan Terrorist Attacks Before General Elections: A Timeline
Following is a list of terrorist attacks before the general elections scheduled for May 11. At least 121 people have been killed and 496 injured since violence began last month.
May 9: Ali Haider Gilani, the youngest son of former Pakistan Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani, is kidnapped from a public meeting in the central city of Multan.
May 9: A gun attack on a rally of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz kills one in Nasirabad district of western province Baluchistan.
May 9: A gun attack targets a convoy of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz, killing two and injuring five in the western city of Turbat.
May 8: An explosion near election office of Muttahida Qaumi Movement injures 18 in Karachi.
May 8: A blast near a meeting of Awami National Party kills two and injures one in Bajaur tribal area.
May 8: Two explosions injure two, including a policeman, in Dera Ismail Khan.
May 7: A bomb-strapped motorcycle explodes at a market place in Northern Hangu district killing 8 people and wounding 33. Religious party election candidate remains unhurt in the attack.
May 7: A roadside bomb explodes near a vehicle carrying religious party candidate Malik Behram Khan in Upper Dir district of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, killing his son and injuring three people.
May 7: A roadside bomb hits a convoy of the Pakistan Peoples’ Party, killing five and injuring 16 in Lower Dir district of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa.
May 6: An explosion at a public gathering of religious party Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam kills 26 people and injures 47 in the tribal area of Kurram Agency.
May 6: An explosion near the car of election candidate Abdul Malik in Baluchistan injures two.
May 6: An election office of Pakistan Peoples’ Party is blown up in Charsadda district of northern Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province.
May 6: Independent candidate Mir Iqbal Zehri escapes unhurt from a hand grenade attack on his convoy in Mastung district of western province Baluchistan.
May 6: Three polling stations in Pakistan’s Baluchistan province are blown up using time bombs.
May 5: Independent candidate Sarfaraz Domki’s convoy is attacked in Sibi, Baluchistan. Two security guards are killed.
May 5: An explosion near the office of Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam in Quetta left two workers injured.
May 5: A hand grenade is hurled at a corner meeting of the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf in Mardan, injuring at least three people.
May 4: Two explosions take place near the headquarters of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement in Karachi, killing two and injuring 35 people.
May 3: Awami National Party candidate Sadiq Zaman Khattak and his six-year-old son are shot dead outside a mosque.
May 2: A bomb explosion at a mosque adjacent to an office of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement leaves at least nine people injured in Karachi.
May 2: Two schools designated as polling stations are blown up in the Naseerabad district of the western province of Baluchistan.
May 1: A suicide bomber blows himself up near the bulletproof vehicle of election candidate Mohammad Ibrahim Jatoi of National People’s Party in the southern province of Sindh, damaging the car and injuring three people.
May 1: Rockets are fired from nearby mountains at a gathering of political party Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam-Fazl in the southwestern city of Quetta, injuring four in the stampede after the attack.
May 1: Militants hurl a grenade at the election office of candidate Nawabzada Lashkari Raisani of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz in Quetta, injuring four workers.
April 30: Abdul Fatah, independent candidate from Baluchistan, and two others are shot dead and two people are injured in Jhal Magsi after an exchange of fire with unidentified armed men.
April 29: A bomb explodes near an election office of the Awami National Party in Charsadda, killing one person and injuring 15.
April 29: A suicide bomber blows himself up near a bus stand in Peshawar, killing 9 and injuring 43. Two employees of the Afghan consulate are among the dead.
April 28: A bomb strapped to a bicycle explodes outside the office of independent candidate Nasir Khan Afridi in Peshawar, Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, killing three and injuring 20.
April 28: An election convoy of Awami National Party is targeted with a remote-controlled bomb, leaving one dead and 13 injured in Swabi, Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa.
April 28: A bomb explodes near election offices of Khursheed Begum from the Awami National Party and independent candidate Noor Akbar Khan in Kohat town of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province, killing five and injuring 23.
April 27: Awami National Party’s local leader Ghazi Gul is shot dead by gunmen near his residence in Karachi.
April 27: Two attacks within minutes of each other near Muttahida Qaumi Movement’s office in Karachi leave at least three dead and 27 injured.
April 27: A bomb explodes at a corner meeting of Pakistan Peoples’ Party in Karachi killing at least two and injuring 15.
April 26: A bomb attack on an election rally in Pakistan’s commercial hub of Karachi kills nine people and injures 24. Attack targets Awami National Party election candidate Bashir Jan.
April 26: Hand grenades are hurled and rockets fired at a rally of Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam (F) party in Bolan district, Baluchistan.
April 25: Bomb fitted into motorcycle explodes in front of Muttahida Qaumi Movement’s office in Karachi, killing 6 and injuring 8.
April 25: A hand grenade is hurled at the election office of Pakistan Peoples’ Party in Nushki, Baluchistan, injuring two people.
April 24: Five bombings in the southwestern city of Quetta in two days kill six and injure 52.
April 23: Bomb attack in Karachi near a roadside camp of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement kills 2 and hurts 15.
April 23: Pakistani police find a car packed with explosives near the Islamabad residence of former military ruler Pervez Musharraf, where he is being kept under house arrest.
April 17: Awami National Party’s Farooq Khan escapes unhurt after a bomb blast targeted his vehicle in the northwestern city of Charsadda.
April 16: A bomb blast near a political rally for the Awami National Party in Peshawar kills at least eight people and injures 40.
April 16: A roadside bomb targeting a regional chief from former premier Nawaz Sharif’s party kills at least four, including the son and brother of Baluchistan provincial president Sardar Sanaullah Zehri.
April 14: Syed Masoom Shah, an election candidate of the Awami National Party, is injured along with three other people in a blast at a rally in Charsadda. In another incident, a local leader of the same party is shot dead in the northwestern Swat Valley.
April 11: Fakhrul Islam, a candidate of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement, is killed in a gun attack in Hyderabad.
April 3: Adnan Aslam, a candidate from the Pakistan Peoples’ Party, is killed in a gun attack in Karachi.
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