Cycle bomb kills two, injures 15 in Quetta

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QUETTA: At least two people were killed and 15 others, including a woman and a child, were wounded in an improvised explosive device (IDE) blast on Thursday on the busy Zarghoon Road of the city. According to the details, unidentified men had planted an IED to a bicycle and parked it between two cars parked on the Double Road. The militants detonated the IED soon after the police mobile patrolling team passed by the busy area. The blast was heard in a radius of three to four kilometres. Three cars and two motorcycles caught fire after the blast. Heavy contingents of Frontier Corps, police and rescue workers reached the spot and cordoned off the area. The rescue workers shifted all the dead and injured to the Sandeman Hospital. “Two dead bodies and 15 injured people were brought here. Two injured are in a critical condition,” said Abdul Rasheed Jamali, a hospital official. The deceased were identified as Sultan Mahmood, s/o Haji Abdul Razzaq, and Naseebur Rehman, s/o Haji Abdul Wadood. A 22-year-old woman and a seven-year-old child also sustained injuries in the attack. According to hospital sources, the bodies were kept inside the morgue for identification. A large number of people reached the hospital and started looking for their relatives who had gone to the area. “I am looking for my cousin who went to Double Road for buying spare parts for his vehicle. I have been trying to call him over and again but his phone is turned off,” said Abdul Razzaq, a local resident. Deputy Inspector General (DIG) Syed Mobin Ahmed said the police had started investigation into the incident. “All the injured were passers-by,” he said. Station House Officer (SHO) Shaukat said, “The modus operandi suggests that a banned organisation is behind the attack.” According to the Bomb Disposal Squad (BDS), around five kilogrammes of explosives were used in the attack. 

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