Karachi: At least 10 people were killed and 15 sustained injuries on Saturday as a bomb went off near a secular political party's election office here, hours after thousands of people began voting in the nation’s landmark general election.

The blast took place near an election office of the Awami National Party at Landhi area of Karachi. The explosion has been said to be so powerful that it was heard from several kilometers away and triggered panic in the area.

No group has claimed responsibility for the attack so far though the banned Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan has repeatedly targeted the ANP and other secular-leaning parties like the Pakistan People’s Party and Muttahida Qaumi Movement during the campaign period.

Several ANP and MQM members, including candidates, were killed in Taliban attacks.

Days before the election, the Taliban threatened that it would carry out attacks, including suicide bombings during election.

The threat heightened concerns regarding security related to the polls, which mark the first democratic transition of power in Pakistan's history.


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