8 killed in Quetta suicide blast

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QUETTA: At least eight people, including seven policemen, were killed and 24 others injured in an explosion targeting a truck carrying police officials in the Sariab Mill area here yesterday. Deputy Inspector General of Police (DIG) Abdul Razzaq Cheema said an investigation is underway to determine whether the blast was a suicide bombing or whether an explosives-laden vehicle was detonated remotely when the police truck was passing by, adding that the death toll could increase. The 35-strong contingent of elite policemen had been recently assigned patrol of various sensitive areas and were on their way to work on the Quetta-Sibi road when the explosion took place, Balochistan Home Minister Mir Sarfraz Bugti told media. Bugti said that a car rammed the police vehicle before catching fire, adding it was “apparently a suicide attack”, in an account confirmed by. “Police were targeted in this attack,” Bugti said. DIG Cheema confirmed the death toll, saying that 24 people were wounded, several critically. The Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan claimed responsibility for the attack, but the claim has not been independently verified. Moreover, minutes after the above incident, two security personnel were martyred in an explosion in FR Bannu. The vehicle of the security personnel was attacked near Jalal check-post by a remote- controlled IED, officials said. The two security personnel were identified as Sepoy Tasawwar Ali and Sepoy Ghulam Rabani.

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