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Five killed in Quetta attack on army vehicle

22 November, 2012

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QUETTA: As many as five people, including three soldiers and a woman, were killed and over 20 seriously injured when a bomb ripped through a Pakistan Army vehicle in the provincial capital in a high security zone of Shahbaz Town on Wednesday.

The attack put a question mark over the security preparedness of the provincial administration ahead of 9th and 10th of Muharram.

The blast occurred outside City Hall close to Fauji Foundation School and office of Balochistan Public Services Commission. The blast destroyed shops, vehicles and buildings in the area and smashed windowpanes of other buildings nearby.

According to DIG Hamid Shakeel, the bomb was planted on a motorcycle parked on Smungli Road at Shahbaz Town to target an army vehicle escorting a school van. "Explosives were detonated when a vehicle of security forces passed by," the DIG said, adding as result five people, including three security personnel and a woman, were killed on the spot and over 11 others wounded. However, rescue workers said that more than 20 people were injured in the blast.

Witnesses said the motorbike appeared to have been parked near shops to avoid any suspicion in the Shahbaz Town neighbourhood near some of the most prestigious private schools in Quetta.

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