At least 7 cops have been killed and 22 people injured in a blast in Quetta in Pakistan, reports the Dawn.
According to initial reports, security sources claimed a roadside bomb exploded just as a police vehicle carrying 35 police personnel passed the area, DawnNews reported. However, the nature of the blast has yet to be ascertained.
Balochistan Home Minister Sarfaraz Bugti while condemning the attack confirmed that six policemen had lost their lives in the attack while 22 others were injured and being treated at the Civil Hospital and Combined Military Hospital (CMH) in Quetta.
Wasim Baig , Civil Hospital Quetta Spokesperson confirmed seven casualties and said that eight injured had been brought to the medical facility where emergency has been imposed.
Bugti said that they will not stop until every terrorist in the area is killed.
“The war against terrorism is not over. Balochistan is on the forefront of this fight and we will not stop until there is not a single terrorist left in the area,” the home minister said.
Bugti added that a forensic team from Lahore would arrive in Quetta tomorrow to help determine the cause of the blast.
Security forces have reached the location and cordoned off the area, and a security sweep is underway.
Balochistan has experienced incidents of violence and targeted killings for over a decade.
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.
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.