UN chief condemns suicide bombing near Pakistan polling station


UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres on Wednesday condemned the killing of dozens of people near a polling station in the western city of Quetta due to a suicide attack, as voters headed to the polls in Pakistan's general elections.

The suicide bombing that killed at least 31 people and injured another 70 was claimed by Daesh terrorist group, according to news reports.

Wednesday's parliamentary and provincial assembly elections mark the second time that one civilian government has handed on power to the other, after serving a full term in office.

The Secretary-General condemns the suicide attack at a polling station in Quetta claimed by Da'esh, said UN Spokesperson Stephane Dujarric in a statement. He extends his heartfelt condolences to the families of the victims and to the government and people of Pakistan.

The spokesperson stressed that the United Nations stands in solidarity with, and supports the efforts of the government of Pakistan, in the fight against terrorism.

Source: International Islamic News Agency