Quetta: 2 killed, 13 hurt in blast
QUETTA: As reported by the Express Tribune on Thursday, at least two persons, including a policeman, were killed and 13 others were wounded after an explosive device went off along Saryab Road near Shafi Colony here on Wednesday.
According to police officials, the explosive device had been planted on a power supply pole along a roundabout near the colony and was detonated by remote control just as a police van arrived at the site.
A passerby and the driver of the police vehicle were killed on the spot. Dozens of other people, including six policemen and pedestrians, received splinter wounds. Nearby buildings were damaged by the blast.
Rescue work was carried out after police cordoned off the area.
The corpses and injured people were shifted to the Sandeman Hospital and Bolan Medical College Teaching Hospital, where the police driver was pronounced dead on arrival.
The deceased have been identified as constable Sadaqat and Noor Ahmed Zehri and the injured as Ashique Hussain, Naik Muhammad, Muhammad Rasool, Mohammad Rais, Hameeda Bibi, Muhammad Azam, Asif Muhammad, Abdul Manan, Liaquat Ali, Wazir Ahmed, and Muhammad Zowar.
Mohammad Zowar was said to be in critical condition and was referred to the Combined Military Hospital. Three minors were also among the injured.
Three kilogrammes of explosives were used in the blast, an official of the Bomb Disposal Squad said.
No group has yet claimed responsibility for the attack.