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Two killed in blast at an election meeting

At least two persons have been killed and five others seriously injured when a bomb went off at an election meeting in Balochistan.

world Updated: Dec 20, 2007 04:25 IST

At least two persons were killed and five others seriously injured when a bomb went off at an election meeting in Pakistan's southwest Balochistan province on Wednesday.

The blast, which is the first such attack since political parties launched campaigns for the upcoming general election, occurred at Bekar in Dera Bugti district when PML-Q candidate Tariq Massuri Bugti was about to address a gathering.

Police said a remote-controlled device planted at the venue of the meeting killed two cousins of the PML-Q leader, who himself had a narrow escape. The injured were taken to a hospital in Sui.

Security personnel cordoned off the site of the blast and searched for those who had carried out the attack.

No arrest has been made so far and no group claimed responsibility for the attack, reports reaching in Islamabad said.