QUETTA: A potential suicide bomber was killed when a detonator he was carrying along with a suicide vest prematurely went off on Kirani Road near Hazara Town, pre-dominantly Shia Muslims’ neighbourhood in Quetta, on Thursday night.
The police officials in plain clothes deputed near Hazara Town tried to stop a suspect and opened fire at him when he tried to run away, Superintendent Police (SP) Brewery Malik Arshid said.
The detonator prematurely went off, killing the man on the spot; however, his suicide vest could not explode, he added. The explosion rocked the area.
Sources said that the alleged suicide bomber wanted to target the people of Hazara community and the police successfully foiled the attempt.
A heavy contingent of police and security forces reached the spot and cordoned off the area.
According to the Bomb Disposal Squad (BDS), the bomber was carrying 4-5kg explosive material and ball bearings.
SP Arshid said that the bomber wanted to enter the Hazara town when he was intercepted by the police.
“The attacker seemed to be young with a light beard,” he said.
The body was shifted to Bolan Medical College (BMC) Teaching Hospital for autopsy. The identity of the alleged bomber could not be ascertained as yet.