QUETTA: At least one policeman was killed and 7 others injured after a blast took place near Balochistan University at Quetta’s Saryab Road Monday. The explosion took place near a police mobile. Balochistan government spokesperson Liaquat Shahwani said the mobile deputed outside the university gate was targeted.
An explosive device was planted in a motorcycle, he said. He added that those responsible for the blast will be arrested and brought to justice.
Injured people were shifted to the Civil Hospital and Bolan Medical Complex Hospital. The nature of the blast is still unascertained but police and counter-terrorism department (CTD) officials have arrived at the scene.
Law enforcement agencies and rescue officials began arriving on the scene shortly after the incident was reported. The area was also cordoned off by security officials.
Balochistan government spokesperson Liaquat Shahwani said that a police truck deputed outside the varsity gate was targeted and an explosive device was planted in a motorcycle.
He confirmed the casualties and said that four passersby were also injured in the incident. He said that those responsible for the blast will be arrested and brought to justice.
Home Minister Mir Ziaullah Langove said that police officials had been providing security to protesting students outside the varsity when the blast took place.
“The attackers wanted to target the students, but police officials were targeted due to tight security arrangements in place,” the minister said. Langove added that the miscreants wanted to spread chaos by targeting students.
On September 25, four security personnel were martyred and two others injured in a bomb attack on a vehicle of the Frontier Corps in the Khosat area of Balochistan’s Harnai district.
The banned Baloch Liberation Army claimed had responsibility for the attack.
The FC soldiers were on patrolling duty and when their vehicle reached the Safar Bash area, the improvised explosive device went off resulting in the martyrdom of four soldiers and injuries to two officers.