Pakistan Attacks Kill 9 Day After Bombs Leave 60 Dead

At least nine people were killed and 25 others wounded in attacks on two Pakistan security posts, a day after more than 60 people died and 187 were injured by two bomb blasts in the northwestern city of Parachinar.

Militants today attacked a check post in the northern part of the country, killing two, Geo TV reported, citing officials it didn’t identify. A separate assault in western Gwadar city near the border with Iran left seven dead, Geo reported. The Gwadar attack was against a Coast Guards station, Major General Zafar, a spokesman, said by phone.

A majority of those killed and injured in yesterday’s bombings were Shiites, according to Muhammad Arbab, a government official in Parachinar.

“They appear to be suicide attacks,” Arbab said by phone yesterday. One targeted a crowded bazaar in a Shiite neighborhood and the other struck people on a roadside, he said.

The injured were taken to a nearby hospital while bodies of those killed were moved separately, Geo reported yesterday. Paramilitary and local police had cordoned off the area, the television channel said.

The bombings occurred four days before a July 30 poll to elect a new president. President Bilawal Bhutto Zardari’s Peoples Party lost the May 11 parliamentary election to Nawaz Sharif’s Muslim League party. Sharif’s candidate, Mamnoon Hussain, is said to be the likely winner in the presidential election, according to forecasts by local media.

Raza Rabbani, candidate for the People’s Party, said earlier today that his party was pulling out of the presidential election because of a Supreme Court decision to bring balloting forward to July 30.

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