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1 policeman martyred in blast near Quetta’s Balochistan University

Blast near Balochistan University leaves five injured. (Source: Dawn)

QUETTA: At least one policeman martyred and seven others sustained injuries in an explosion outside Balochistan University at Quetta’s Saryab Road, police officials said on Monday.

Police and rescue officials have started arriving at the scene. The nature of the blast is still uncertain, as police and counter-terrorism department (CTD) were investigating it, according to senior police officials.

Balochistan government spokesperson Liaquat Shahwani said that a police truck deputed outside the varsity gate was targeted and an explosive device was planted in a motorcycle.

The government spokesperson also confirmed the casualties and said that four passersby were also injured in the incident. He said that those responsible for the blast will be arrested and brought to justice.

The rescue officials have shifted the injured people to the Civil Hospital Quetta and Bolan Medical Complex Hospital to provide them with necessary treatment.

Meanwhile, Home Minister Mir Ziaullah Langove said that police officials had been providing security to protesting students outside the varsity. “The attackers wanted to target the students, but police officials were targeted due to tight security arrangements in place,” the minister said.

On September 25, four security personnel were martyred and two others injured in a bomb attack on a vehicle of the Frontier Corps in the Khosat area of Balochistan’s Harnai district.