Published: Fri, October 20, 2017
Global | By Maureen Mccoy

Policeman gunned down in Quetta shortly after blast

Policeman gunned down in Quetta shortly after blast

The bomb went off as a truck carrying 35 police personnel was passing the area.

A forensic team from Lahore is expected to reach Quetta soon to determine the nature of the blast, he said. Afterward, he said such attacks would not bring down the morale of the security forces.

A local commander of the Pakistani Taliban, Sharyar Mahsud, was quoted as saying that his men were responsible for the attack in Bannu district.

The Pakistani Taliban said the attack was a "suicide mission".

The bombing occurred in the city of Quetta, the capital of the province of Balochistan, which shares borders with Afghanistan and Iran, police official Khurshid Khan told dpa.

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"The people and government of Balochistan will not be deterred from the fight against terrorism", Zehri said, adding the fight will continue till the last terrorist remains. According to official sources, more than 1,400 attacks targeting the minority Hazara community of Shia sect have taken place in the province during the past 15 years.

Baloshistan has witnessed several blasts and targeted killings in the past few months.

"Balochistan is on the forefront of this fight and we will not stop until there is not a single terrorist left in the area", he added.

Fifteen people, including eight soldiers, were killed when a suicide bomber targeted a military truck near the Pishin bus stop in Quetta on August 13. Earlier in June, 14 people ─ including seven policemen ─ were killed in a powerful blast in Quetta's Gulistan Road area.

Other leaders who condemned the attack included Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan, Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif, Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah, National Assembly Speaker Sardar Ayaz Sadiq, National Assembly Deputy Speaker Murtaza Javed Abbasi, Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal, Defence Minister Khurram Dastgir and Minister of State for Information Marriyum Aurangzeb.

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