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Wednesday, May 22, 2024

9 dead in suicide attack near police van in Balochistan

The personnel of the Balochistan Constabulary were on their way back from duty when the explosion occurred. The force of the explosion was so strong that the entire vehicle overturned, burying the personnel underneath.

A suicide attack on a security forces convoy in Bolan has martyred at least nine personnel of the Balochistan Constabulary while injuring nine others.

According to the details, the blast occurred near the Kambri bridge area of Bolan and the injured are being shifted to Divisional Headquarters Hospital. The condition of some of the injured is reportedly critical which may increase the death toll.

Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) of Kachhi, Mehmood Notezai, said that the preliminary evidence suggests it was a suicide attack, however, the exact nature of the blast could be ascertained after the investigations.

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A bomb disposal team reached the site of the incident and the area is being searched after the explosion. Apparently, the suicide bomber was on a motorcycle nearby.

The personnel of the Balochistan Constabulary were on their way back from duty when the explosion occurred. The force of the explosion was so strong that the entire vehicle overturned, burying the personnel underneath.

Pakistan is once again facing an alarming surge in terror incidents. Since the talks with the outlawed Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) broke down in November last year, the militant group has intensified its attacks while insurgents in Balochistan have also stepped up their violent activities and formalised a nexus with it.

Earlier, five people were killed and 13 wounded in an explosion inside the Rakhni market in Balochistan’s Barkhan. According to Barkhan Deputy Commissioner Abdullah Khoso, the blast occurred when an improvised explosive device (IED), planted on a motorcycle, exploded.

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In another incident, two police officers lost their lives and another two were critically injured when a magnetic bomb attached to their vehicle exploded in Khuzdar. Police officials said the bomb exploded when the vehicle was on patrol near Jhalawan Complex. The driver of the vehicle lost his life on the spot while three cops were injured, one of whom later died in the hospital.