Published: Wed, October 18, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

At Least Six People Killed, Including Security Forces, In Pakistan Bomb Attack

At Least Six People Killed, Including Security Forces, In Pakistan Bomb Attack

The explosion occurred near the police truck which was carrying 35 personnel and took the lives of at least six policemen as the vehicle passed Sariab area, local media reported.

Last week, five people were killed in an attack targeting the city's minority Hazara Shia Muslim community.

An investigation is underway to determine whether it was a suicide bombing or whether the explosives-laden vehicle was detonated remotely when the police truck was passing by, he said, adding that the death toll could increase. "Like previous incidents, we will find the facilitators behind this blast", he asserted.

The Pakistani Taliban, an umbrella of various militant groups within Pakistan and loosely allied to the Afghan Taliban, issued a statement claiming responsibility for the attack.

Chief Minister Balochistan Sanaullah Zehri and Home Minister Sarfraz Bugti have condemned the blast.

Ayub Qureshi, the provincial police chief, said a counter-terrorism police officer was also shot and killed in another part of Quetta on Wednesday at the time when authorities were dealing with the suicide bombing.

According to Rescue sources, the bodies and the injured were shifted to Civil Hospital, Quetta. "Our security forces have destroyed terrorist networks from here and now they plan their attacks from across the border", he said.

Mineral-rich Balochistan, where Gwader is located, has been plagued for decades by a separatist insurgency and sectarian killings.

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