Two killed, five injured in blast near Balochistan University

QUETTA: At least two policemen were killed while five others including 3 policemen sustained injuries in an explosion near Balochistan University in Quetta.

Police and rescuers rushed to the site of the blast and started rescue efforts with the help of local people. Further investigations were underway.

While talking to the Express News, Balochistan Home Minister Sarfaraz Bugti confirmed the incident. “The attack targeted a check-post during which two police personnel lost their lives while five more are injured including three more personnel,” Bugti said.

“All injured have been shifted to the hospital and bomb disposal squad is carrying out investigation of the blast,” the home minister added. However, he declined to disclose any further detail.

No group has claimed responsibility for the attack but attacks on security forces and government installations are not rare in the region.

The outlawed Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) and Baloch insurgents frequently carry out attacks on security forces and government installations in the province which is home to a raging insurgency that has claimed the lives of hundreds of soldiers and militants since it re-ignited in 2004.

The province’s roughly seven million inhabitants have long complained they do not receive a fair share of its gas and mineral wealth.

On May 3, at least five Rapid Response Group (RRG) personnel, including an officer, were injured as their vehicle came under attack by a roadside bomb in Eastern Bypass area of Quetta.

Last month, a father and his son were killed in a landmine blast in the Lehri area of Sibi. The incident occurred when a motorbike ran over a landmine in the Goth Abdul Ghafoor neighbourhood, resulting in a huge blast, the Levies forces said in a statement.

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