United Nations, Jul 26 (PTI) UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres today condemned the killing of dozens of people near a polling station in Pakistan’s western Quetta city in a suicide attack. Also Read - CBSE Board Exam 2021: CBSE Says Will Be With Students Throughout Exams As Leaders, Activists Urge Govt to Cancel or Postpone Board Exams

The suicide bombing killed at least 31 people and injured another 70. It was claimed by the terror group Islamic State. Also Read - BSEB Bihar Board Class 10 Compartmental Exam 2021 Registration Begins Today On biharboard.online | Check Details Here

Pakistan has witnessed violence across the country in the run up to the parliamentary and provincial assembly elections held yesterday. The elections mark only the second time that one civilian government has handed power to another after serving a full term in office. Also Read - WWE WrestleMania 37 Live Streaming in India Day 2: When and Where to Watch WrestleMania 2021 Live Stream Online And on TV

“The Secretary-General condemns the suicide attack at a polling station in Quetta claimed by Da’esh,” his spokesperson Stephane Dujarric said in a statement, using the Arabic name for IS.

“He extends his heartfelt condolences to the families of the victims and to the government and people of Pakistan.” Despite the violence, news outlets reported that millions of Pakistanis showed up to cast their vote across the 85,000 polling stations.

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.” President of the UN General Assembly Miroslav Lajc k also condemned the attack, which he called “despicable”.

The suicide bombing in Quetta followed a series of terrorist attacks earlier in the month in Pakistan, including one in Mastung, in which 153 people lost their lives.

This is published unedited from the PTI feed.