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Six policemen among 11 killed in Quetta suicide blast

Six policemen among 11 killed in Quetta suicide blast
June 23, 2017

QUETTA, 23 June: Eleven people, including six policemen, lost their lives and several others sustained injuries in a suicide attack near the office of Balochistan Inspector General Police (IGP) on Gulistan Road in Quetta on Friday.

Police said the blast happened in a car during checking of vehicles. Deputy Inspector General Operations Abdur Razzaq Cheema said the target of the attacker was the IG office. He said the policemen sacrificed their lives to avoid a major damage.

Police cordoned off the Shuhada Chowk vicinity, where the incident took place and launched search operation. Two vehicles were also destroyed in the blast. The Bomb Disposal Squad confirmed that the explosives were planted in a vehicle. The injured people were taken to hospital, where four of them were said to be in critical condition.

The Balochistan government spokesman also confirmed that it was a suicide car bomb blast.

Important government offices are located in the area where the explosion took place. The city was on high alert due to Friday.

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and other leaders of the country condemned the terrorist attack in Quetta and expressed sympathy with the bereaved families.

The prime minister vowed to bring perpetrators of the blast to justice.

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