A suicide attack near a Balochistan Constabulary truck in Quetta’s Baleli neighbourhood on Wednesday claimed two lives including a police officer and a civilian.
According to Quetta Deputy Inspector General of Police (DIGP) Ghulam Azfar Mahesar, at least 24 additional individuals were hurt during the incident including 20 police officers and four civilians.
The official told the journalists at the scene of the explosion, “The explosion took place near the police truck due to the impact of the bomb, the vehicle which was on its way to offer security to police workers overturned and went into a ditch.”
He claimed that the police car, a Suzuki Mehran, and a Toyota Corolla were damaged in the explosion. According to reports from the crime scene and the fact that the truck overturned, “the blast is believed to have employed 25 kg of explosives.”
Mahesar continued, “The injured have been taken to the Civil Hospital Quetta.”
According to media reports, the banned Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) has claimed responsibility for this attack.
The explosion today occurs a day after the militant group cancelled its ceasefire with the government and instructed its fighters to launch attacks across the nation.
Balochistan Chief Minister Abdul Quddus Bizenjo issued a statement denouncing the violence and directing officials to offer the injured victims the best medical care possible.
Additionally, he assured them that such “cowardly activities” would not change Balochistan’s resolve to bring peace. According to Bizenjo, “all the elements involved in the incident will be brought under the control of the law.”