Twenty people injured, TTP claims responsibility
Four Frontier Constabulary personnel were martyred and 20 injured in a suspected suicide bomb attack on Quetta’s Mastung Road early Sunday morning.
The attack targeted a Frontier Constabulary check-post on Mastung Road. The FC personnel were at the check-post performing their duties when the suicide bombers blew up his explosive-laden motorcycle near them.
Over 5kgs of explosives were used in the attack, the DIG police Azhar Akram said.
He said the dead and the injured were moved to the Shaik Zayed Hospital and Quetta Combined Military Hospital.
The road was cordoned off and a heavy contingent of police and Rangers arrived at the site. A bomb disposal squad was also called in.
Three vehicles and three motorcycles parked in the area were damaged in the blast. Balochistan Home Minister Mir Ziaullah Langove has directed the authorities to submit an investigation report of the attack at the earliest.
The outlawed Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan has claimed responsibility for the explosion.
Prime Minister Imran Khan has condemned the attack.
Condemn the TTP suicide attack on FC checkpost, Mastung road, Quetta. 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.— Imran Khan (@ImranKhanPTI) September 5, 2021
Interior Minister Sheikh Rasheed has pointed out that the number of terrorist attacks in Balochistan, especially in Quetta, has seen an alarming uptick this year.
“This is an attempt to put pressure on Pakistan,” he said. “Whoever is doing this should know it won’t affect the country and its spirits.”
On August 8, an explosion near Quetta’s police lines killed two policemen and injured 12 people including six policemen. An FIR of the attack was registered at the Quetta Line police station.
Later, on August 20, another suspected suicide bombing in Gwadar left three people dead including two children and four others wounded. The attacker blew himself up near vehicles carrying Chinese construction workers.