At least five police personnel including one passerby were martyred and 22 others sustained injuries in a blast at Sibi Road near Costume area of Quetta on Wednesday morning.
Talking to media persons on the spot, Home Minister Balochistan Mir Sarfraz Bugti said that the blast occurred when a police truck was crossing the area, leaving five police personnel including a passerby martyred and 22 policemen injured.
The bodies and the injured were shifted to Civil Hospital Quetta and Combined Military Hospital (CMH).
Home Minister said that the attack might be a suicide blast according to initial investigations while further interrogation was underway.
He said that Indian Intelligence Agency RAW and its other agency were involved in terrorism in Balochistan.
He said that Pakistan was fighting against terrorism as front-line in the region.
He said that a forensics team from Lahore would visit the spot on Thursday to detect the nature of blast.
The injured including Irfan Ali, Muhammad Younas, Muhammad Nawaz, Muhammad Ali, Abdul Hameed, Khadim Ali, Fazal Muhammad, Abdul Razaq, Ghous Muhammad were shifted to provincial hospital Quetta for medical aid”, said Dr, Wasim Baig of the hospital.
The some of the injured were shifted to Combined Military Hospital (CMH) where the victims were identified as Shaukat, Shakoor, Ghulam Murtaza, Shakirullah, Adil, Mansoor, Imran, Munir ,Rashid, Abdul Qayyum, Sikandar Ali, Najeebullah and Muhammad Reheem.
Law enforcement agencies reached the site and cordoned off the entire area and started investigation.
Chief Minister Balochistan Nawab Sanaullah Khan Zehri strongly condemned the incident and expressed deep sorrow over the loss of precious lives.
He directed concerned authorities to provide all medical facilities to injured victims.
Provincial Health Minister, Rehmat Saleh Baloch also condemned the incident and imposed emergency at hospitals and ordered the doctors to ensure better treatment facilities to the injured. (APP)