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Three FC personnel martyred, several injured in Quetta blast

Three security forces martyred in the blast on a checkpost: Source: Radio Pakistan.

QUETTA: A explosion occurred in the provincial capital of Balochistan killing at least three security personnel and injuring 20 others on Sunday morning.

According to details, the incident took place near Sohana Khan on Mastung Road. A heavy contingent of police and Frontier Constabulary (FC) reached the spot as soon as the blast was reported.

The Balochistan Counter-Terrorism Department (CTD) confirmed the suicide attack had targeted the Sohana Khan FC checkpost at Mastung Road.  Rescue teams rushed to the spot to help the victims and rushed the injured to the Sheikh Zaid hospital

Police said the suicide bomber had rammed his motorcycle into the vehicle of a law enforcement agency at the checkpost. Shortly after the blast, a bomb disposal unit had arrived at the scene to conduct an investigation into the attack.

Prime Minister Imran Khan condemned the attack and expressed his condolences. “My condolences go to the families of the martyrs & prayers for the recovery of the injured. Salute our security forces & their sacrifices to keep us safe by thwarting foreign-backed terrorists’ designs.

Minister for Human Rights Shireen Mazari also condemned the attack and offering condolences to the families of the martyred. She said the “brave security forces continue to thwart the designs of terrorists RAW- funded TTP.”

Balochistan Home Minister Mir Ziaullah Langove strongly condemned the attack and asked authorities to submit a report. He said security forces have given countless sacrifices in the war against terrorism and would continue until peace was achieved.

“The whole nation is indebted to the martyrs. We are fighting the terrorists with our full strength and will continue to do so. These violent attacks will not lower the morale of the forces,” he stressed.

The attack comes less than two weeks after three Levies personnel were martyred and as many were injured when their vehicle hit a landmine in Ziarat district. Earlier that week, a Pakistan Army captain was martyred and two soldiers were injured when their vehicle hit an improvised explosive device (IED) in Gichik area.