QUETTA: A blast in the provincial capital of Balochistan injured twenty people including a policeman on Tuesday night, according to reports. Armed militants hurled a bomb at a shop in Prince Road area. Provincial Home Minister, Mir Sarfaraz Bugti confirmed the incident.
Capital City Police Officer Quetta, Abdul Razzaq Cheema said that unidentified men placed improvised explosive device close to a shop selling the national flag on Prince road which exploded causing panic among the people. The injured were rushed to a nearby civil hospital for medical treatment where an emergency was imposed to provide first aid to the injured.
The blast also smashed glass of nearby shops and markets in the area. The militants sped away on their motorcycle after the attack. Prince Road is considered to be one of the commercial hubs of the city.
The road was at its busiest when the bomb exploded, police said. In spite of tight security and deployment of paramilitary troops, the blast took place in the heart of the city. The Bomb Disposal Squad (BDS) experts said that IED weighing about one pound was used in the blast. The law enforcement agencies cordoned off the entire area to trace out the suspects. Further probe was underway.
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