Nine security officers were killed and at least 13 others were wounded in a suicide attack in Balochistan province, Southwest Pakistan.
The blast occured on the Kambri bridge, while the officers were returning to the provincial capital Quetta after policing a festival. A reporter stated that the attacker rammed his motorbike into the truck which led to the blast. The area has now been sealed off and a bomb disposal team is on the site to gather more evidence. Kacchi district's deputy Police Commissioner, Sami Agha, confirmed that this incident was a suicide bombing. This was the second attack on security forces in Balochistan within the last 24 hours. No group took responsibilty for the attack.
Pakistani Prime Minister, Shenbaz Sharif, stated that those behind this attack were trying to destabilize this country. Furthermore, he took to twitter to express his. condolences, describing the officers as "heroes of the nation" who had been "martyred". Balochistan's Chief Minister Abdul Quddus Bizenjo said: “All such conspiracies against peace in the province will be made unsuccessful with the public's support."
This attack on Monday is the latest attack among a series of attacks across Pakistan targeting security personnel. In Gwadar, on Sunday, a security officer was killed and eight others were injured after a vehicle was targeted in a bomb attack. The separatist Balochistan Liberation Front, a banned militant group, has taken responsibility for the attack.
On the 30th of January, a bomb blast took place at a police Mosque in the Northwestern city of Peshawar, which killed more than 80 officers. It is unclear who is responsible for these attacks, but separatists in the Balochistan region have been fighting the government for decades. The Pakistani Taliban has also claimed responsibility for several similar attacks in the past.
In February, at least 4 people were killed and 14 others were injured after a military group stormed the police headquarters in the southern city of Karachi. According to spokesperson Mohammad Khorasani, the Pakistani Taliban, Tehreek e Taliban (TTP) took responsibility for this attack as well.
TTP officials said the blasts was a ‘revenge’ for the death of a TTP militant last year before the militart group’s main spokesperson later denied the group was involved in the attack.
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