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3 passers-by killed as bomb targets police van in Quetta

28 May, 2012

QUETTA: At least three people were killed and nine others, including a policeman, injured in a remote-controlled blast on Saryab Road on Sunday.

Superintendent of Police (SP) Sikandar Tareen said explosives were planted underneath a donkey cart, while the target was a patrolling police van.

He said unidentified men detonated the explosives when the patrolling vehicle of New Saryab Police Station passed by. Three passers-by two onboard the donkey cart and rickshaw driver were killed, while nine others, including a station house officer, sustained injures, he said.

A heavy contingent of Frontier Corps (FC) and police rushed to the crime scene soon after the explosion and cordoned off the area.

The bodies and the injured were shifted to the Sandeman Provincial Hospital, where a state of emergency had already been declared.

The police vehicle and two rickshaws were damaged in the blast, while the windowpanes of several shops were smashed due to the shockwave.

According to the Bomb Disposal Squad (BDS), around 10 to 15 kilogrammes of explosives were used in the attack.

The deceased were identified as Mohammad Younus and Mohammad Arif, while the third victim, who is said to be a rickshaw driver, is yet to be ascertained.

The United Baloch Army claimed responsibility for the blast. A spokesman for the organisation, who introduced himself as Mureed Baloch, phoned some media outlets in Quetta and said his organisation was responsible for the blast.

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