Quetta (January 02, 2018): At least six people, including two FC personnel, were injured as a result of a gun and bomb attack on a check post in the Baleli area of the provincial capital on Tuesday evening.
Retaliatory fire after the attack killed two terrorists. Three civilians are also among the injured. The Baleli area is on the outskirts of Quetta.
Police officials said firing was heard in the area following the explosion and a cordon was established as security forces initiated a search operation.
“Intense firing being heard after the blast as ,” sources told adding it is feared that the incident could result in more casualties.
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Rescue services shifted the injured to CMH Quetta for medical treatment.
The nature of the explosion remains unknown.
Earlier in December, mere days before the Christian community were to celebrate Christmas, nine people were killed and more than 50 injured after terrorists attacked the Bethel Memorial Church in Quetta.
Two terrorists, wearing suicide belts, had stormed the church. One of the attackers was shot dead while the other blew himself outside the church’s hall.
Officials had said the two suicide bombers were between the ages of 16 and 20. The suicide jacket, which was defused, contained 15 kilogrammes of explosive material.
Balochistan Inspector General Police (IGP) Moazzam Ansari had also confirmed to media that 400 people were present inside the church at the time of the attack and a major tragedy was avoided due to the quick response of security forces.
The church had organised different programmes all throughout December to mark Christmas, according to its Facebook page and was holding a ‘Sunday School Christmas Programme’ at the time of the attack.
On December 22, at least three members of the Hazara community were injured when gunmen opened fire on their vehicle in Quetta’s Western Bypass area.
According to Deputy Inspector General Abdul Razzaq Cheema, 12 people were travelling from Quetta to Karachi in a large van when unknown assailants opened fire at their vehicle, injuring three passengers.
The injured have been shifted to the District Medical Complex Bolan, where one of the wounded is said to be in critical condition.
Balochistan has been experiencing incidents of violence and targeted killings since more than a decade. More than 1,400 incidents targeting the minority Shia and Hazara community have taken place in the province during the past 15 years.