Islamabad: A suicide attack targeted a security forces’ vehicle near the premises of the heavily guarded Quetta district courts on Saturday. At least eight people, including two Frontier Corps (FC) personnel, were killed and at least 35 others were wounded in the powerful explosion.
DIG Imtiaz Shah confirmed it was a suicide attack and said the attacker blew himself up near a vehicle belonging to the FC. The banned Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) has claimed responsibility for the attack in an email sent to journalists. The claim could not be independently verified.
Balochistan province’s home secretary Akbar Durrani told journalists that six people were injured in the blast. “We cannot ascertain right now whether it was an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) or a suicide bomb attack,” said Akbar Durrani.
The blast partially damaged the security forces’ vehicle and shattered the window panes of nearby buildings. Television footage showed several wounded FC personnel being shifted from the scene.
Rescue and emergency teams reached the blast site. An emergency was declared in all nearby hospitals, while the wounded have been shifted to Civil Hospital Quetta.
The explosion was heard in a wide area.