Headline RoundupFebruary 7th, 2024

Pre-Election Bombings Strike Region of Pakistan, Over 30 Dead

Summary from the AllSides News Team

Two separate bombings in the province of Balochistan, Pakistan, killed more than 30 people at election offices on Wednesday, the eve of the country's parliamentary elections. 

The Details: Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attacks. The first bombing took place outside the office of an independent candidate; the second targeted the campaign office of the religious party Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam-Fazl. 

For Context: Baloch separatists have stepped up attacks in the border region of southwestern Pakistan in recent months; in mid-January, Pakistan and neighboring Iran launched strikes against what they said were separatist hideouts in each other's countries. Ahead of this week's elections, Pakistani authorities recognized approximately half of the nation's 90,000 polling stations as "sensitive" or "most sensitive," deploying hundreds of thousands of security officers.

How The Media Covered It: Coverage was fairly similar across the political spectrum, with articles generally covering the death toll, Pakistan's response, and the regional context.

This summary was developed with the help of AllSides' AI technology.

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