5 security personnel killed, 2 sustained injuries in road-side blast in Quetta area

QUETTA: At least five security personnel were killed and two others sustained injuries in a road-side bomb targeting a convoy of security forces in Marget area of Quetta on Monday.

“Five security personnel have been killed as a result of an IED blast targeting a security forces convoy in Marget area,” security sources said.

The bodies and the injured were shifted to a nearby medical facility while a search operation was launched in the area to arrest the suspected terrorists.

The deceased personnel were later identified as Awais Muhammad, Muhammad Qaseem, Fareed, Muhammad Saleem, Mubashir Nadeem while Aqeel and Gulab received injuries, sources said.

The attack comes days after a suicide bomber blew himself up outside a polio vaccination centre in Quetta on January 13, killing at least 15 people, mainly police.

The policemen had been gathering outside the centre to accompany polio workers on the third day of a vaccination campaign which are frequently targeted by Taliban and other militant groups in Pakistan.

Soon after the attack, the banned Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) had claimed responsibility.

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