Quetta: Chief Minister Balochistan Abdul Qudoos Bazenjo and provincial home minister Mir Zia Ullah Lango have condemned a suicide attack on a police truck in Baleli area of Quetta today.
Inspector General (IG) Balochistan Abdul Khalique Shaikh has expressed sorrow over martyrdom of police personnel.
Three people were martyred and 25 others sustained injuries in a suicide attack on Police truck near Balili area of Quetta which was going to deployed police personnel to protecting the polio team in the area.
Initially a policeman and a child was killed, while 24 others including 20 cops were injured in a blast targeting a police truck in Quetta’s Baleli area, Quetta DIG said on Wednesday.
Talking to media Deputy Inspector General (DIG) Police Ghulam Azfar Mahesar said that it was an suicide attack while suicide bomber, a rickshaw driver hit the police truck.
Police and rescue teams rushed to the site of the explosion as soon as the incident was reported. Assistance from the bomb disposal squad was also sought.
The law enforcement agency said that a police truck was targeted in the explosion. They said that the injured cops and civilians were rushed to a nearby hospital.
Quetta Deputy Inspector General Ghulam Azfar Mahesar said in a media talk that the explosion was a suicide attack as they have found remains of a suicide bomber near the crime scene. He said that the police truck toppled due to the explosion and fell into a ravine.
Sharing the details of casualties and civilian cars affected, DIG Mehsar said that the cop was martyred as a result of being crushed under the truck when it fell into the ravine. He said that around 20 policemen and four civilians were injured. The condition of two of the cops is serious, he added.
As per the DIG, three vehicles, including the police truck, and two nearby cars were damaged in the explosion.
He said that the police truck was moving the police personnel deployed for the security of polio workers for the ongoing drive. He further stated that around 20-25 kilogrames of explosives were used in the attack.