3 Dead, 20 injured in Pakistan suicide attack
At least three persons were killed, while 20 others were injured in a suicide bomb attack in Pakistan’s Balochistan province on Sunday.
At least three persons were killed, while 20 others were injured in a suicide bomb attack in Pakistan's Balochistan province on Sunday.
The officials said a suicide bomber of the outlawed Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan blew himself up in the Balochistan province, which left three persons—all security personnel dead, while 20 people were injured.
Deputy Inspector General of Quetta police Azhar Akram said the attack was targeted at Frontier Corps (FC) checkpost on the Mastung road in Quetta, the provincial capital.
The three personnel who were killed in the blast and majority of the injured belong to the FC, which is in forefront of the efforts to tackle militancy in the province, Akram said.
Eighteen of the injured were security officials while two were bystanders, the officer said, adding that the number of casualties could rise.
According to the Counter-Terrorism Department of Balochistan, the blast was a "suicide attack" and was carried out near the Sona Khan checkpost.
The banned Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) claimed responsibility for the attack, sending a grim signal that the change of government in Kabul might not end the woes of Pakistan as the country looks towards the Taliban to rein in the TTP rebels who are hiding in Afghanistan.
According to security forces, the vehicle targeted in the attack was providing security to vegetable sellers belonging to the Hazara community of the province.
Condemning the attack, Prime Minister Imran Khan took to Twitter to offer condolences to the families of those killed.