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7 policemen killed, 22 hurt in explosion in Pakistan

7 policemen killed, 22 hurt in explosion in Pakistan

At least seven people were killed and 21 others wounded in an apparent suicide blast targeting a police vehicle during the morning rush hour in Pakistan's restive southwest early Wednesday, officials said. Bugti said a forensic team and the Bomb Disposal Squad had been called to the site to investigate the nature of the blast.

The Pakistani Taliban, an umbrella organisation of various militant groups within Pakistan, and loosely allied to the Afghan Taliban, issued a statement claiming responsibility.

"The war against terrorism is not over".

At least 22 people, including civilians, were injured in the attack, Khan said.

Chief Minister Sanaullah Zehri told reporters that the bomb contained 80 kilogrammes of explosive material.

Bugti said the truck carrying the police officials was on its way to the city to drop them at their posts when the suicide bomber rammed into the vehicle.

The incident occurred in the Sariab Mill area on the Quetta-Sibbi Road, Dawn reported.

Also Wednesday, a roadside bombing near a tribal area along the border with Afghanistan killed two troops. After the blast, security forces cordoned off the area and started a search operation.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi expressed grief on the attack and ordered the authorities to provide best medical treatment on emergency grounds.

"These cowardly attacks can not shake our unflinching national resolve against terrorism and extremism", the prime minister said in a statement.

Bugti reiterated that territory of Afghanistan is being used for attacks in Pakistan.

Members of the minority Shiite community and security forces are frequently attacked by militants in the province.


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