QUETTA, Aug 10: At least five people were killed and 20 were injured in a blast that occurred near an under-construction building on Chaman’s Mall Road on Monday. The wounded have been shifted to the Civil Hospital.
According to Assistant Commissioner Zakaullah Durrani , unidentified miscreants had planted an improvised explosive device in a motorbike that was parked on the roadside. He said that the explosion targeted a vehicle of the Anti-Narcotics Force. Window panes of several shops and houses in the vicinity were shattered due to the impact of the explosion.
Chaman is considered a sensitive town in Balochistan as it shares a border with Afghanistan’s volatile Kandahar province. In March this year, at least nine people were injured in an explosion near the Levies Lines of the town. The attack targetted Levies Risaldar Maj Naseebullah, who remained safe.
Balochistan has recently seen an increase in terrorist attacks. Last month at least one person was killed, while seven were injured in an explosion in a bazaar in Turbat that was also caused by an IED planted in a motorbike.
Earlier in May, seven soldiers, including a junior commissioned officer, were martyred in a bomb blast and an exchange of fire with militants.
Six of the soldiers were martyred in Bolan district when an improvised explosive device went off near the vehicle in which they were travelling. One other was martyred in an exchange of gunfire with militants in Makran district, sources had said.
In April, two Pakistan Army soldiers were martyred and two others injured in a bomb blast that took place in Toba Achakzai area of Qila Abdullah, a district bordering Afghanistan.
Prime Minister Imran Khan, in a statement condemned the incident and expressed grief for the lives lose and prayed for the recovery of those injured.
Balochistan Chief Minister Jam Kamal Khan also condemned the incident, and expressed grief over the loss of precious lives in the cowardly attack.
He stated that terrorists wish to obliterate peace in Chaman to achieve their conspiratorial plans. Khan observed that the development of the Pak-Afghan border will serve as a protection from the criminal plans of anti-state elements.
The development of the border will put a stop to illegal movement of criminal elements, that will bring peace to the entire province, including the border areas, he said.
The CM further added that the government will ensure peace in the province with the cooperation of the people. “Protection of lives and property of the patriotic citizens of Chaman is the foremost priority of the government,” Khan claimed.
The Balochistan chief minister condoled with the families of the deceased, and expressed the resolve to completely eliminate terrorism from the province.