7 policemen killed, several injured in bomb blast in Quetta


At least seven people were killed and 21 others wounded in an apparent suicide blast targeting a police vehicle during the morning rush hour in Pakistan's restive southwest early Wednesday, officials said.

Witnesses state that the truck was carrying 30 policemen to duty.

Security forces reached the site and cordoned off the area after the explosion. The body of the victim was shifted to the Civil Hospital, Quetta, for autopsy.

The blast was so intense that the truck was completely burnt and a auto and motorcycle also damaged.

Fifteen people, including eight soldiers, were killed when a suicide bomber targeted a military truck near the Pishin bus stop in Quetta on August 13.

The blast had taken place near IG Police office in a busy cantonment area where government offices and a girls college are located.

Balochistan Home Minister Sarfaraz Bugti while condemning the attack confirmed the deaths in the attack.

Speaking to media on Wednesday, Bugti stated that Pakistan is on the front line of terrorism and the country will fight the war till the last terrorist reaches its end. "We will continue the war against these terrorists and we will defeat them". "Our security forces have destroyed terrorist networks from here and now they plan their attacks from across the border", he said.

The violence has fuelled concern about security for projects in the $57 billion China Pakistan Economic Corridor, a transport and energy link planned to run from western China to Pakistan's southern deep-water port of Gwadar.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi expressed grief on the attack and ordered the authorities to provide best medical treatment on emergency grounds.

QUETTA: Balochistan Home Minister Sarfraz Bugti has said that the nature of the explosion is being determined and preliminary probe suggests that the explosion was suicide.