Imran Khan condemns loss of lives in Pakistan blast

Posted October 20, 2017

At least six persons, including six policemen, were killed today when Pakistani militants targeted police van in the restive Baluchistan's capital Quetta, police said.

A forensic team from Lahore is expected to reach Quetta soon to determine the nature of the blast, he said.

Medical Superintendent of the Civil Hospital Quetta, Shah Jahan, said that seven bodies including six policemen, and 24 injured, mostly policemen, have been brought to the hospital.

Security forces have cordoned off the area and kicked off a search operation in the surroundings.

In a message to media outlets from an undisclosed location, Taliban spokesperson Muhammad Khurasani claimed the responsibility for the attack in Quetta, and said they wanted to target the Frontier Corps (FC). According to hospital staff, the condition of seven injured was critical.

"It appears that 80 kilograms of explosives were used in the attack", Cheema said.

Balochistan Chief Minister Nawab Sanaullah Khan Zehri strongly condemned the attack, adding that such attack could not discourage the security officials from fighting the terrorism.

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In the drive-by shooting, two men on a motorcycle shot and killed police inspector Abdus Salam as he was on his way to work.

Home Minister Bugti, while condemning the attack, said the war against terrorism was not over and would go on until no terrorist remained in the area. PM Abbasi expressed deep grief and sorrow over the loss of precious lives during the terrorist attack.

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.

In June, a suicide vehicle bomber killed at least thirteen people, including seven police officers, in an attack near a checkpoint in the volatile city of Quetta on Friday, officials said.

Pakistani leaders, including Imran Khan, and members of the civil society condemned the attack, praying for the victims.

Earlier in June, 14 people - including seven policemen - lost their lives in a suicide blast that shook Shuhada Chowk in Quetta's Gulistan Road area.