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Two separate explosions outside election offices in an insurgency-hit area of Pakistan killed at least 22 people and wounded several others on Wednesday.
A deadly reminder of the deteriorating security situation in the country as it heads into national elections on Thursday.
In light of such security threats, the Pakistani authorities have designated half of the country's approximately 90,000 polling stations as sensitive or most sensitive and have deployed the military to secure them.
Rest assured, we will not allow terrorists to undermine or sabotage this crucial democratic process, Jan Achakzai, the information minister in the province where Wednesday's blasts occurred, said on social media.