At least 3 killed, 28 injured in suicide blast in Quetta-UPDATED

At least 3 killed, 28 injured in suicide blast in Quetta-UPDATED
# 30 November 2022 11:03 (UTC +04:00)

A suicide bomb blast in Pakistan's southwestern city of Quetta targeted a police patrol on Wednesday, killing three people and wounding 28, police said, APA reports citing Mehr News.

At least three people were killed and more than 28 wounded when a bomb blast targeted a police patrol in Quetta’s Baleli area on Wednesday.

The injured included cops and civilians who were rushed to a nearby hospital.

"A bomb blast that targeted a police patrol wounded more than 30 people, including 15 police," a police official, Abdul Haq, told Reuters. "Out of them, a policeman, a woman and a child died."

The patrol had been guarding a polio vaccination team at the time of the suicide blast, he added.

It is estimated that 25 kilograms of explosives were used in the blast, as per Quetta Deputy Inspector General of Police (DIGP) Ghulam Azfar Mahesar.

The explosion, claimed by the Pakistani Taliban militant group, or Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) in a text message to Reuters, came after the group ended a ceasefire with the government this week.

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At least 10 terrorists were killed during an intelligence-based military operation in Pakistan's southwestern Balochistan province, the military said in a statement, APA reports citing Xinhua.

The army's media wing Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said in a statement that security forces conducted an intelligence-based operation Tuesday in the Hoshab area of the province.

"As security forces were in the process of establishing blocking positions after identification of 12 to 14 terrorists' location, terrorists opened fire onto the security forces," the ISPR statement said, adding that during the ensuing heavy exchange of fire, 10 terrorists were killed while another was arrested in injured condition.

Two terrorists managed to escape, and the operation to search for them continues in the area, the ISPR said.

The killed terrorists were involved in firing incidents targeting security forces and civilians alike besides planting improvised explosive devices, it added.

A heavy cache of arms and ammunition including improvised explosive devices have been recovered from the terrorists' hideouts.