Quetta blast

Twin IED explosions hit Quetta’s airport road

QUETTA - Two low intensity blasts hit Quetta’s Chashma Achozai area close to the airport on Saturday afternoon.

Improvised explosive devices (IEDs) planted by unknown miscreants went off in a deserted area close to the railway track, said officials. Security officials rushed to the site and cordoned off the area after the first explosion. As officials gathered to investigate the site, another blast took place close by.

Police sources said that there was no loss of life as a result of the twin blasts, which caused panic among people. Chashma Achozai is located on Quetta’s airport road and is considered a peaceful neighborhood. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the blasts.

Quetta has in recent years witnessed numerous instances of terror including suicide explosions, sectarian killing and targeted killing of security officials. Last month, a blast in a local bus killed at least 10 people, two of them children, on Quetta’s Sariab road. 22 people were injured in the incident, six of them seriously.

Law-enforcement agencies have intensified their operations against terrorists in Quetta and other parts of Balochistan after the announcement of the National Action Plan to combat terrorism in the country.

Earlier this year, the Balochistan government had also decided to launch a grand operation against target killers and terrorists in the aftermath of a rise in acts of targeted killings in the provincial capital.

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