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Seven injured in Quetta motorcycle blast

The bomb blast occurred in Nawa Killi area. Source: Twitter.

QUETTA: At least seven people, including a police official, were injured when a bomb fitted in a motorcycle exploded on Saturday, rescue officials said.

According to details, the blast took place in Quetta’s Nawa Killi area that also injured women. Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Operations Asad Nasir said the explosion occurred near a police mobile.

He added that three to four kilograms of explosive material, fitted to a motorcycle, was used in the blast, according to initial reports. The bomb was detonated via remote control, the SSP further said.

Rescue teams rushed the site and started shifting the injured to hospital for treatment. Additional contingents of law enforcement agencies were summoned at the scene of the incident. The area was sealed and the Bomb Disposal Squad (BDS) team started investigating the nature of the explosion.

Balochistan Chief Minister Mir Abdul Qudoos Bizenjo condemned the attack and directed that the best medical treatment be provided to those injured.

“Subversive elements want to destroy the province’s peace. The protection of citizen’s lives and properties is our foremost priority,” he said in a statement. “We will end the chaos of terrorism with the cooperation of the people,” he emphasised.

In another incident, two policemen were martyred on Saturday in a remote control blast in Bajaur district of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

According to reports, a bomb was planted to target police personnel deployed for security at a dam site in tehsil Khar of district Bajaur. Police cordoned off the entire area and a search operation is underway. An immediate investigation has been launched into the incident.

District Police Officer (DPO) Abdul Samad Khan confirmed the blast and stated that the blast took place near Raghgan Dam site in which two police officers were martyred. He said it was a remote-controlled blast and the bomb was planted to target police personnel deployed for security at a dam site.