At least four policemen were killed and ten others injured in a blast near a police van in Quetta’s mini market on Monday. Notably, the explosion took place when people were assembling for prayers near the mosque.
According to the sources, rescue team immediately arrived on the spot and security forces cordoned off the area immediately. The injured have been shifted to hospital for medical treatment.
Quetta police chief Abdul Razzaq Cheema said the four dead were all police and there were two police among the wounded.
As per the local media, the blast took place near a police van and bomb was planted in motorbike. The nature of the blast has not yet been determined. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the blast.
Importantly, the explosion comes few days after three terrorists stormed a five-star hotel in Gwadar. However, the terrorists were killed by the security forces during the combat operation. During the operation, five were including four hotel employees and a Pakistan Navy soldier. Six individuals got injured including two Army captains, two Navy soldiers and two hotel employees. The luxury hotel is located on the Koh-e-Batil Hill, south of West Bay on Fish Harbour Road and overlooks the Arabian Sea.
Recently, as many as five people including two Pakistani soldiers were killed in a gun and bomb attack in the coal mining area of troubled Balochistan province.
Last week, at least 10 people were killed in a suicide attack on a police van guarding a major Sufi shrine in the eastern city of Lahore.