Four dead in suicide attack on FC vehicle in Quetta

QUETTA: At least four people, including a child, have been killed and 19 others injured in a bomb attack on a vehicle of the Frontier Corps on Sariab Road on Saturday.

 

“It was a suicide attack and the target was the vehicle of the FC commandant. Luckily, he was not travelling in the vehicle when the attack occurred,” a rescue official told The Express Tribune.

According to Wasim Baig, spokesperson for the Civil Hospital, they have received 19 injured and four bodies. A state of emergency has been declared in all hospitals of the provincial capital.

Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi condemned the attack and expressed grief over the loss of innocent lives.

Chief Minister Sanaullah Zehri also denounced the bombing and directed the health department to provide best possible treatment to the injured.

Resolution passed condemning terrorism in Balochistan

 

The bomb attack came a day after a senior police official of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, AIG Ashraf Noor, was martyred in a suicide attack on his vehicle in the upscale Hayatabad neighbourhood of Peshawar.

Earlier this month, a senior police official and two of his colleagues were martyred when a suicide bomber struck his convoy in Quetta.

The bomber hit the convoy of DIG Hamid Shakeel Sabir during his morning commute at the city’s Chaman Housing Scheme, killing him, his driver and an assistant sub-inspector.

The outlawed Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan claimed responsibility for the attack in a statement released to the media.

DIG, two others martyred in Quetta

 

Balochistan has been plagued by a low-key Baloch insurgency since 2004 which became bloodier after the killing of Baloch chieftain Nawab Akbar Bugti in a security operation in 2006.

The volatile province has also been in the throes of ethnic, sectarian and militant violence which the government officials say is being stoked and bankrolled by the “hostile agencies” – a reference to the spy agencies of India and Afghanistan.

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