Vehicle bomb kills 5 police, 2 civilians in southwest Pakistan

Bomb attack in Pakistan 7 police killed

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.

QUETTA: Balochistan Home Minister Sarfraz Bugti has said that the nature of the explosion is being determined and preliminary probe suggests that the explosion was suicide. After the blast, security forces cordoned off the area and started a search operation. He said terrorists are hitting the vulnerable targets and Balochistan is at the hit list of terrorists. Balochistan has faced many such attacks in recent months, with security personnel in the province often being targeted in roadside explosions and suicide attacks. His body has been shifted to Civil Hospital, Quetta.

Provincial home minister Sarfaraz Bugti told media that a auto rammed the police vehicle before catching fire, adding it was "apparently a suicide attack".

Death toll might further rise as seven of the injured people were in critical condition, said hospital sources.

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"We are at war and our security forces are being targeted as they are crushing the enemies", Bugti said. "Balochistan is on the forefront of this fight and we will not stop until there is not a single terrorist left in the area", the home minister said.

He added: "These cowardly attacks will not hinder our security forces in executing their duties".

The violence has fuelled concern about security for projects in the $57 billion China Pakistan Economic Corridor, a transport and energy link planned to run from western China to Pakistan's southern deep-water port of Gwadar.

At least 40 people were killed in twin blasts in Quetta and northwestern town of Parachinar in June.

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