Top Police Official Hamid Shakil martyred in Quetta blast

Top Police Official Hamid Shakil martyred in Quetta blast

According to the reports, the blast hit a police vehicle carrying Hamid Shakeel Durrani, deputy inspector general of Police of Quetta, near Chamman Housing Society at the airport road of Quetta, the provincial capital of Pakistan's southwest province of Balochistan, leaving nine people injured.

Three other officers who were traveling with Shakeel were also killed, Pakistani officials said.

One of the wounded officers later succumbed to his injuries in the hospital, taking the toll to four.

No group has yet claimed responsibility for the attack but outlawed sectarian outfits, mainly Lashkar-e-Jhangvi, have been involved in a number of suicide attacks in the recent past.

The TV footage showed that the vehicle was badly damaged in the attack.

According to Geo News, the injured were taken to the Combined Military Hospital for treatment.

The area has been cordoned off and a search operation has been launched in the surrounding areas. The government will not bow down before terrorists, Zehri was quoted as saying by the local media.

Baluchistan was rocked by a series of attacks late a year ago that claimed over 180 lives and raised concerns about a growing militant presence, including fighters affiliated with Islamic State.

Suicide attacks have accelerated in the southwestern region of Pakistan, endangering a planned economic corridor with China. More than 14 people, including seven police personnel, were killed and 21 injured this year in June when an explosive-laden vehicle went off near the office of provincial police chief of Balochistan.