Islamabad: At least seven policemen killed and 12 people were injured in an explosion in the Sariab Mill area on the Quetta-Sibbi Road on Wednesday. According to initial reports, security sources claimed a roadside bomb exploded just as a police vehicle carrying 35 police personnel passed the area, reported. However, the nature of the blast has yet to be ascertained.
Civil Hospital Quetta Spokesperson Wasim Baig initially confirmed five casualties and said that eight injured had been brought to the medical facility where emergency has been imposed.
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. In recent months, the province has faced a number of security challenges, with security personnel in the province often being targeted in roadside explosions and suicide attacks.
Fifteen people, including eight soldiers, were martyred when a suicide bomber targeted a military truck near the Pishin bus stop in Quetta on August 13.