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Two policemen killed, 8 injured in blast at Quetta’s Jinnah Road

The explosion took place at Zarghoon Road near the city's University Chowk

QUETTA: Two policemen embraced martyrdom, while eight others sustained injuries in a blast near Quetta’s Serena Hotel on Sunday evening, according to police.

In a statement, Balochistan government spokesperson Liaquat Shahwani informed that four passers-by were also wounded in the blast that targeted a police mobile near Tanzeem Chowk. He said the bomb was fitted into a motorcycle.

The injured were shifted to hospital, where an emergency was imposed. He condemned the attack, saying terrorists want to disturb Balochistan’s peace and spread fear. “We will bring to justice the elements trying to create disturbance in peaceful Balochistan,” he added.

Balochistan Chief Minister Jam Kamal Khan also condemned the attack and expressed sadness over the martyrdom of the two police personnel. “Terrorist elements want to ruin the province’s peace. We will never allow terrorists to succeed in their nefarious plans,” he was quoted as saying in a statement.

The chief minister also directed authorities concerned to submit a report into the attack and to provide the best available treatment facilities to the injured.

The incident comes more than three months after a powerful bomb exploded in the parking lot of the Quetta Serena Hotel, killing five people and wounding a dozen others.

Since then, there have been a number of attacks in the city in which security personnel and civilians were wounded or lost their lives.