Bomb attack on police in Southwest Pakistan kills at least four

Bomb attack on police in Southwest Pakistan kills at least four
Officials collect evidence at the site of bombing in Quetta, Pakistan, July 30, 2019. (AP)
Updated 30 July 2019

Bomb attack on police in Southwest Pakistan kills at least four

Bomb attack on police in Southwest Pakistan kills at least four
  • Balochistan home minister orders stringent security measure across the city
  • The province is marred by small insurgencies with a deteriorated law and order situation

KARACHI: A bomb attack on police van in Quetta’s Bacha Khan Chowk area left at least four dead and 32 others injured on Tuesday evening, official said.
Deputy Inspector General (DIG) Abdul Razzaq Cheema, police chief in Balochistan’s capital city of Quetta, confirmed that the van was the target. 
However, no group has claimed responsibility of the attack yet.
“Among the injured is the additional Station House Officer who has been shifted to civil hospital,” told Cheema. 
He said the terrorists had planted explosive material in a motorcycle and parked it near the police vehicle before it was detonated. 
Dr. Waseem Baig, spokesperson of the Quetta’s civil Hospital, told Arab News that four people had died in the blast. “Currently 32 people including policemen, women and children are among the injured,” Baig said, adding that six of them were in critical condition. 
Chief Minsiter Balochistan, Jam Kamal Khan, has summoned the report from the police saying that the perpetrators of this barbarism deserved severe punishment. 
“The terrorists and their handlers will be taken to task,” a handout issued by CM House quoting Khan reads. 
Provincial Home Minister Zia Lango, in a statement, also condemned the incident and said that those spreading lawlessness will not be forgiven. The minister also directed local authorities and law enforcement agencies to take strict security measures to keep the attackers from fleeing the city.
Pakistan’s southwestern Balochistan province, which borders neighboring Iran and Afghanistan, is home to small insurgencies with deteriorated law and order situation for the past many years. 
The province recently received immense significance after China brought its flagship Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) to Pakistan with the $60 billion China Pakistan Economic Corridor landing in Balochistan. The province’s coastal city of Gwadar has also become a hotbed of foreign investment with the $10 billion Saudi oil refinery to be the latest feather in the province’s cap.