4 killed as blast hits police vehicle in SW Pakistan

Pakistan       by Web Desk | Published

At least five people were killed and another 20 were wounded in a suicide bomb attack targetting a security forces vehicle in Pakistan's southwestern city of Quetta on Saturday.

Explosives experts said the attacker used a suicide vest containing about 10 kilograms of explosives with steel balls as shrapnel.

The entire Sariab road area was jolted by the powerful explosion.

Earlier this month, a senior police official was killed in a similar suicide attack on his vehicle in the provincial capital.

On Nov 19, Additional Inspector General (AIG) Telecommunications Hamid Shakeel Durrani and two other policemen were martyred in a suicide attack near Chaman Housing Scheme on Airport Road of the provincial capital Quetta.

Balochistan has been rocked by a series of attacks which raised concerns about a growing militant presence, including those affiliated with Islamic State, which has claimed several bombings in the restive province.

The attack happened when a security forces vehicle was passing by the blast site, the reports added.

Wasim Baig, spokesperson for Civil Hospital Quetta, confirmed with Xinhua that they have received four bodies and 19 injured people.

In June this year, 14 people, including seven policemen, were killed and 21 others were injured in a suicide auto bombing on Gulistan Road in Balochistan.

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