6 killed, 19 injured in Balochistan attacks
QUETTA: Six people were killed and 19 others, four of them policemen, were injured in explosions in Hub and Uthal, a hand-grenade attack in Panjgur and shooting incidents in Kharan and Turbat towns in Balochistan on Wednesday. According to police, the target of explosion in Hub was a convoy of security forces which was escorting workers of a private cement company to Karachi.
“Two passersby were killed when a bomb in car was detonated by remote control,” District Police Officer of Lasbela Habibullah Sherani told Dawn, adding that the car was blown into pieces.
Police identified the deceased as Mohammad Riaz and Khushi Mohammad. Sources said the car, parked near a shrine on the Sakran Road, exploded before the convoy reached the place. Nine people injured in the blast were being treated at the Civil Hospital in Hub. Four of the critically-injured people had been shifted to Karachi.
In the evening, a schoolteacher was killed and four policemen and four other people were injured when a blast ripped through the Uthal police station.
Police said the bomb had been planted along the wall of the police station building. The injured were taken to the Civil Hospital in Uthal and the condition of two of them was stated to be serious.
“The bomb was home-made,” police said. According to police, a house was attacked with three hand-grenades in Panjgur town, killing a minor girl and injuring a man. The house, it was learnt, belonged to Taj Mohammad.
Another man was killed in Kharan after some people on a motorcycle opened fire on him near his house. Another man was injured. The sources said that an official of the Federal Investigation Agency was gunned down in Turbat. He was identified as Liaquat Ali. Explosions were also reported from Kalat, Mastung and Khuzdar towns.