Three policemen among six killed in Quetta blast

Katrina Barker
October 19, 2017

Quetta Police chief Abdur Razak Cheema said auto was detonated by bomb, security forces of vehicle, four policemen on vehicle, and two people who passed road during explosion of vehicle lost ir lives.

According to initial reports, a roadside bomb exploded on Quetta-Sibbi road just as a police vehicle carrying 35 personnel passed the the Sariab Mill area.

However, the nature of the blast is yet to be ascertained.

Balochistan Home Minister Sarfaraz Bugti while condemning the attack confirmed the deaths in the attack.

The injured have been shifted to Quetta's Civil Hospital where an emergency has been imposed.

Police and FC troops have reached the area, which has been cordoned off for gathering evidence.

The Pakistani Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack in an email sent to members of the media.

"Such cowardly acts will not deter the government and people of Balochistan from doing their duties", Bugti said, adding the fight will continue till the elimination of the last terrorist.

Chief Minister Sanaullah Zehri told reporters that the bomb contained 80 kilogrammes of explosive material.

Rescue teams, police and security forces rushed to the site after the blast was reported.

In a separate incident, Police Inspector Abdul Salam was shot dead on Quetta's Qambrani Road, in what security sources claim was a targeted killing.

He added, "Terrorists plan their activities from Afghanistan while India's Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) along with Afghanistan's National Directorate of Security (NDS) facilitate the terrorists carrying out their attacks in Pakistan".

Violence has declined in Pakistan after the army conducted a series of offensives against Islamist militants since 2014, however the groups still possess the capability to launch surprise attacks on security forces and civilian targets. Balochistan has faced many such attacks in recent months, with security personnel in the province often being targeted in roadside explosions and suicide attacks.

Earlier in June, 14 people - including seven policemen - lost their lives in a suicide blast that shook Shuhada Chowk in Quetta's Gulistan Road area.

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