Two security men martyred, three injured in Kalat blast

Two policemen martyred in separate attacks in KP

At least two security personnel were martyred and three injured on Saturday in an explosion in Kalat, Balochistan.

According to media reports, Levies officials said that the explosive material was planted along a roadside in the city’s Joban area. Balochistan Interior Minister Mir Ziaullah Langove condemned the blast and sought a report from Kalat’s deputy commissioner.

He furthered that the injured have been shifted to a hospital for medical assistance. The minister also directed officials to tighten the checking at entry and exit routes of the city. Longve added that such cowardly attacks will not weaken “our commitment to fighting” terrorism. “We will continue to fight till the end of terrorism,” the minister added.

The interior minister prayed for the martyred personnel and the full recovery of those injured in the blast.

The incident came just days after three people were killed and four injured in a blast in Balochistan’s Mastung district. Levies sources said that a vehicle carrying the body of a man, killed by unidentified assailants, drove over a landmine in Qabu area of Mastung.

Mastung Deputy Commissioner Sultan Bugti said that the vehicle of tribal leader Shah Nawaz Bangulzai was targeted in the attack. He confirmed that three people were killed and four were injured, adding that the injured were rushed to Mastung hospital for medical treatment. The tribal elder was accompanying the body of the slain tube well operator.

Separately, unidentified assailants killed two police officials in separate attacks in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) as the region sees an uptick in militant activities.

Police constable Bilal was martyred in the Turangzai Muftiabad area of Charsadda. He was posted at Munda Head and was going to the Election Commission Charsadda office on a motorcycle for special duty when he was attacked. The attackers managed to escape following the incident and the body of the deceased was shifted to DHQ Hospital Charsadda for legal proceedings and a post-mortem. Following the incident, police tightened security on the entry and exit routes of the city and conducted a search operation in the area.

In another incident, armed suspects opened fire on Azam Warsak Police Station in South Waziristan, killing a policeman. There have been attacks on Azam Warsak Police Station in the past as well.

On Friday, KP Chief Minister Mahmood Khan visited Swat for the first time since huge protests took place against militancy. While talking to the media, the chief minister said there will be no compromise on peace and that the government and people will fight together.

“I faced criticism but, Mahmood Khan will never compromise. We will not allow anyone to politicize peace,” he added.

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