7 policemen killed, several injured in bomb blast in Quetta

Geneva Matthews
October 20, 2017

Senior police official, Razzak Cheema said a auto with explosives was apparently rammed from behind into the truck.

Quetta DIG Razzaq Cheema said that there was a general threat of terrorist activities in the city.

According to reports, a 35-strong contingent of Elite policemen had been recently assigned patrol of various sensitive areas and was on its way when the explosion took place on the Quetta-Sibi road, Balochistan Home Minister Mir Sarfraz Bugti said, adding that it was "apparently a suicide attack".

Abdul Salam was shot multiple times, police said.

"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.

A local commander of the Pakistani Taliban, Sharyar Mahsud, said his men were responsible for the attack.

Baluchistan and Quetta in particular, are systematically attacked by several radical groups, especially by the Pakistani Taliban.

Home Minister Bugti said that Indian and Afghanistan spy agencies may be behind the attack as they have perpetrated such attacks in the past.

He said that they would investigate if there was any security lapse or a loophole in their security system and mend it accordingly. It was also decided that crackdown against terrorists would be sped up. The CM, along with ministers, also visited CMH and Civil Hospital to enquire after the patients.

For over a decade, Balochistan, Pakistan's mineral-rich and largest province by area, has been gripped by a homegrown separatist insurgency and religious terrorism. At least 14 people, including seven police personnel, were killed and 21 injured this year in June in a suicide vehicle bombing near the office of provincial police chief of Balochistan. In recent months, the province has faced a number of security challenges, with security personnel in the province often being targeted in roadside explosions and suicide attacks.

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