Four killed in firing, bomb blast in Nasirabad
14 February, 2012
QUETTA: Four people, including two children, were killed in a bombing and a shooting incident in Nasirabad district on Monday.
Two children were killed and 21 others, including Dera Murad Jamali additional SHO, injured in a remote-controlled bomb blast in Dera Murad Jamali.
Banned militant outfit Baloch Republican Army (BRA) claimed responsibility for the attack.
Police said the additional SHO, Gulam Rasool, was on a routine patrol in the area when unidentified people detonated a remote-controlled device near a local hotel in Dera Murad Jamali. The two children – Liaquat Ali and Bashir Ahmed – died instantly while 21 others, including Rasool and two constables, were injured.
Police said the target was their van that was patrolling the area, adding that an investigation had been launched into the incident. A heavy contingent of police and personnel of other law enforcement agencies rushed to the spot and cordoned off the area. The bodies and injured were moved to District Headquarters Hospital, Dera Murad Jamali.
"It was a remote-controlled bomb, planted near a parked motorcycle," a police official said, adding that police was the target in the attack. The police van and motorcycle were damaged in the attack.
According to Bomb Disposable Squad, two kilogrammes of explosives had been used in the attack. Separately, a group of men armed with automatic weapons encircled a checkpost of Balochistan Constabulary (BC) in Chetter tehsil and opened fire on the personnel manning the post. BC Sub-Inspector Wahid Bhaksh and Constable Baddaruddin died on the spot, while two others were injured.
A heavy contingent of police and security forces rushed to the spot after the incident and cordoned off in area. There was also an exchange of fire between security personnel and the assailants. However, there were no reports of causalities on part of the attackers. Police launched a search operation as no group had claimed responsibility for the attack till the filing of this report.