At least 6 killed, 10 injured in Quetta blast

At least 6 killed, 10 injured in Quetta blast

The bombing occurred in the city of Quetta, the capital of the province of Balochistan, which shares borders with Afghanistan and Iran, police official Khurshid Khan told dpa.

"These cowardly attacks will not hinder our security forces in executing their duties", he added.

Quetta Police chief Abdur Razak Cheema said auto was detonated by bomb, security forces of vehicle, four policemen on vehicle, and two people who passed road during explosion of vehicle lost ir lives.

Baluchistan's Home Minister Mir Sarfaraz Bugti said six policemen had been killed in the terror attack in which the truck carrying policemen was the target.

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Civil Hospital Quetta Spokesperson Wasim Baig confirmed the seven deaths. Security forces reached the location and cordoned off the area and a security sweep was underway.

The Pakistani Taliban, an umbrella organisation of various militant groups within Pakistan, and loosely allied to the Afghan Taliban, issued a statement claiming responsibility.

As per reports, a bomb exploded on the side of road when a vehicle carrying 35 policemen was passing. "Balochistan is on the forefront of this fight and we will not stop until there is not a single terrorist left in the area", Bugti said.

Mineral-rich Balochistan, where Gwader is located, has been plagued for decades by a separatist insurgency and sectarian killings. He further said that Sariab Mill incident will be thoroughly probed and the culprits will be brought to book. According to official sources, more than 1,400 attacks targeting the minority Hazara community of Shia sect have taken place in the province during the past 15 years.

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