Quetta: At least six people were killed on Quetta’s Zarghoon Road when a suicide bomber rammed into a parked police bus on Tuesday, injuring 18 people, police said.
Four policemen and two passers-by were among those killed, Inspector General of Balochistan Police Moazzam Jah Ansari said. He said seven policemen were injured in the attack.
Deputy Inspector General (DIG) Abdul Razzaq Cheema told AFP a suicide bomber on a motorcycle had struck the bus. Bomb Disposal Squad officials said 10 kilograms of explosives had been used in the attack.
According to Associated Press, the banned Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) claimed responsibility for the attack, saying a suicide bomber targeted a police contingent returning from duty at the provincial assembly building.
The injured, which include security personnel and civilians, were shifted to Quetta Civil Hospital’s trauma centre after being administered first aid, the hospital’s spokesman told DawnNews.
The explosion occurred near GPO Chowk in the vicinity of the Balochistan Assembly. The road also leads to the Chief Minister’s Secretariat.