At least 10 officers have been killed in an hours-long assault on a police station in Pakistan.

Over 30 militants attacked Khyber Pakhtunkhwa police officers, killing four and injuring four more. The attack is unclear and may be related to the upcoming election. The region has a history of strikes by the Pakistan Taliban, Islamic State, and other militant groups.

Pakistani police have reported sniper and grenade attacks on polling stations, causing concern among voters. The Election Commission has classified half of the country’s 90,675 polling stations as “sensitive” or “most sensitive” due to the region’s security situation and history of electoral violence. The issue remains a top concern amid recent attacks.

Pakistan experienced a three-year increase in violent incidents in 2023, with the highest recorded fatalities since 2017. Khyber Pakhtunkhwa had the highest number, with militants blending in with civilians.