A policeman and a child were killed, while 24 others, including 20 policemen, were injured in a suicide attack on a police truck in Quetta’s Baleli area on Wednesday morning.
Quetta Deputy Inspector General (DIG) Ghulam Azfar Mahesar confirmed during media talk that the suicide bomber targeted the truck.
He said that the blast was so powerful that the truck overturned and fell into a ravine. An official was crushed to death under the truck while 20 policemen sustained injuries, he added.
The condition of two policemen was serious, he continued.
The DIG claimed that the remains of the attacker have been found from the crime scene.
He said that three vehicles were hit in the blast — the police truck, a Suzuki Mehran and a Toyota Corolla.
“Looking at the crime scene and given that the truck toppled, it is estimated that 25 kilograms of explosives were used [in the blast],” DIG Mahesar added.
He said that the wounded have been moved to the Civil Hospital, Quetta.
The truck was carrying the police personnel deployed for the security of polio workers for the ongoing drive.
Earlier, Quetta Senior Superintendent of Police (Operations) Abdul Haq Umrani said that the blast site has been cordoned off and an investigation has begun.
CM BIZENJO CONDEMNS ATTACK: Meanwhile, Balochistan Chief Minister Abdul Quddus Bizenjo, in a statement, condemned the attack and instructed authorities to provide the injured best treatment facilities.
He also promised that such “cowardly acts” would not dampen Balochistan’s determination to establish peace. “All the elements involved in the incident will be arrested and punished,” Bizenjo said.