QUETTA: At least seven people, including five policemen, were martyred as an explosion ripped through a police truck on Wednesday in Quetta.
Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan spokesperson Muhammad Kharasani claimed responsibility of the attack, saying they had targetted Frontier Corps (FC).
Security forces said at least 22, including 15 policemen, were also injured in the attack. “It was a suicide explosion,” police sources said.
The truck was carrying police recruits, five of whom were martyred, along with two passers-by on the city’s eastern outskirts, Quetta Police Chief Abdur Razzaq Cheema said.
Initial investigation suggested some 50 kilogrammes of explosive was used in the explosion.
Condemning the attack, Balochistan Chief Minister Nawab Sanaullah Khan Zehri said such cowardly acts couldn’t demotivate police and security officials from acting against terrorism. The continuing fight against terrorism, he added, would continue until the elimination of the last terrorist from our soil.