Three suicide blasts in one hour leave eight policemen martyred in Quetta
QUETTA: At least eight security personnel were martyred and 15 others injured as three suicide bombers attacked police and Frontier Corps (FC) paramilitary force in the Balochistan capital on Tuesday evening.
One bomber detonated his explosives near a police truck on Airport Road near Mehfil Hotel, martyring at least eight personnel and injuring 15 others, rescue and security officials told The Express Tribune.
The martyred are identified as Nisaar Ahmed s/o Kareem Bakhsh, Jamal khan s/o Yar Muhammad, Shah Nawaz S/o M Sikandar, Ahmed Ali s/o Abdul Ghani, Ashiq Ali s/o Subhan Shah, Zahoor Ahmed, Eid Khan and the identity of the eighth could not be ascertained.
“It is a suicide attack,” Balochistan police chief Moazzam Jah Ansari said.
Half an hour earlier, two suicide bombers tried to attack an FC checkpoint in Mina Ghundi area near the western bypass, but troops deployed there engaged them.
The troops deployed at the checkpost opened fire at the attackers, who detonated their explosives, wounding at least eight soldiers.
The Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) also confirmed the attacks.
According to Civil Hospital spokesperson Wasim Baig, 15 injured were brought to the hospital and being treated by Dr Arbab Kamran and the team.
Bomb disposal squad reached the two sites and started their investigation.
The explosions are being investigated and the sites have been cordoned off by security forces.
Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi has strongly condemned the attacks, resulting in loss of precious lives and injuries to many.
In a statement issued in Islamabad, the premier expressed his deep sympathies with the bereaved families.
Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) Chairman Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari also condemned the ‘terrorist suicide attacks’ in Quetta, saluting the law enforcement agencies for valiantly fighting against terrorists and offering huge sacrifices.
Bilawal, in a statement issued in Karachi, expressed solidarity with the families of martyrs and prayed for them and for early recovery of those injured in the attack.