GHOTKI: Two Rangers personnel and one civilian lost their lives when a blast took place near a security forces vehicle in Ghotki city of Sindh.
DSP Hafiz Qadir said that Rangers personnel were buying meat in the market when a loud blast took place. He said that the bodies of the wounded were shifted to District Hospital Ghotki.
Heavy contingents of police reached the incident spot and cordoned off the area. Police collected evidence and started investigation. The loud blast shook nearby buildings and was heard in different parts of the city.
The deceased Rangers personnel were identified as Zahoor Ahmed and Fayyaz Ahmed and the passerby as Ghulam Mustafa. Rescue workers have shifted the wounded to hospitals. The nature of the blast was still being ascertained, police officials said.
Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah has taken notice of the incident and ordered the Inspector General (IGP) to conduct an inquiry and submit a report.
He directed authorities to cordon the area and search for the culprits. The chief minister expressed grief over the lives lost in the incident.
Governor Sindh Imran Ismail called Director-General Pakistan Rangers Sindh and strongly condemned the incident. He asked complete details over the incident and said the nation stands with the security forces.
In a separate but similar incident, a cracker blast occurred outside a Rangers school in Larkana. No deaths or injuries were reported in the incident.