10 killed in Quetta blast targeting FC

Published: February 6, 2016
Soldiers examine the site of a bomb explosion that targeted a security convoy in Quetta on February 6, 2016. PHOTO: AFP

Soldiers examine the site of a bomb explosion that targeted a security convoy in Quetta on February 6, 2016. PHOTO: AFP

QUETTA: At least 10 people including four security personnel, a woman and child were killed and 23 others sustained injuries in a suicide attack on Saturday in Quetta.

According to details, security personnel convoy comprising a truck and two vehicles was on a routine patrolling on the Adalat Road of Quetta city when a bicycle rider targeted it, killing ten people.

A large number of policemen rushed to the spot shortly after the incident and cordoned off the area. The deceased and injured were shifted to the Civil Hospital Quetta.

Soldiers examine the site of a bomb explosion that targeted a security convoy in Quetta on February 6, 2016. PHOTO: AFP

The outlawed Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) have claimed responsibility for the attack.

“The TTP’s TSG unity carried out the attack that targeted the convoy of security forces,” Taliban spokesperson, Mohammad Khorasani said in a statement.

DIG Police Quetta Sayed Imtiaz Shah has said it was a suicide attack as a bicycle rider hit the FC’s Convoy on Adalat Road area. “Around 12 to 15 kg explosive material was used in the blast,” the DIG Said.

Spokesperson Balochistan Government Anwar ul Haq Kakar, talking to The Express Tribune, said that security forces carried out 250 intelligence- based operations in Balochistan against the terrorists.

“The act of the suicide bombing is reaction of the security forces’ operation to demoralize the security forces,” he said, adding that forces’ morale are high and government will not tolerate any kind of terrorist act.

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Another possible reason for the attack could be the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) as terrorists don’t want it to be completed and are using common people for their interest.

According to the sources, around five vehicles, four motorcycles and three Rickshaws were damaged due to suicide blast. The window panels of the nearby offices were also destroyed in the blast.

Home secretary Balochistan Akbar Hussain Durani while talking to the media on the spot said the suicide bomber targeted the FC vehicles.

Claiming that the attack was aimed at damaging the CPEC project, the secretary said, “Because of the Economic Corridor, the security forces are being targeted by terrorists.”

Inspector General Frontier Corps Balochistan Major General Sher Afgun said that the elements who are involved in terrorist activities will be eliminated.

“Action against the terrorists will be fast and will bring peace for people of Balochistan,” he said.

The deceased were identified as Mohammad Asif, 13-year-old Samreen Kurd, Hisbullah.

Injured FC personnel were identified as Naseebullah, Nazim Ali, Nasib Ali, Mohammad Arif, Abdul Hafeez, Liqaut Ali Shah, Inamullah, ZiaUllah, Shad Aman, Aishfaq, Mohammad Ashraf, Naqeeb and civilian as Abdul Wahab, Aman, Mohammad Naeem, Manzoor, Saman, Dilawar, Aehsanullah, Naqeebullah, Uzma, Mohammad Asim and police constable Mohamamd Dad Muhammad.

Balochistan Chief Minister Nawab Sanaullah Khan Zehri has also condemned the suicide attack and expressed his deep sorrow for the FC personnel and civilians who lost their loves. The chief minister also announced compensation of Rs1 million for those killed and Rs500,000 for the injured.

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Reader Comments (27)

  • Ashfaq1
    Feb 6, 2016 - 5:07PM

    INDIAN retaliation to pathankot attack has commenced. Truck loads of ammo is now flowing from Afghanistan to wreak havoc in balochistan. Recommend

  • Tightdhoti
    Feb 6, 2016 - 5:11PM

    Inna ilahi wa innalilayhi raajioonRecommend

  • Kalimullah
    Feb 6, 2016 - 5:46PM

    Terrorism has not finish in Pakistan. Take many years I think. Recommend

  • PrakashG
    Feb 6, 2016 - 5:51PM

    Vigilance against terrorists comes second. First priority is celebrating ‘solidarity’ with the Kashmiri’s.Recommend

  • Hameed
    Feb 6, 2016 - 6:29PM

    FC should be in Pakhtoonkhawa defending its own province. FC is being made scapegoat by the establishment by sending it out of province.Recommend

  • Saad Q
    Feb 6, 2016 - 6:43PM

    Islamic Empire is the anser to problem.Recommend

  • DoGooder
    Feb 6, 2016 - 6:44PM

    This must be Bad Taliban.Recommend

  • pk
    Feb 6, 2016 - 6:46PM

    Suicide attack has become a new fashion statement now a days. It’s so Cool.Recommend

  • Ehs
    Feb 6, 2016 - 6:53PM

    sad news. May Allah bless the victims.
    The government should stop being afraid and show some morality and take proper action against these terrorists.Recommend

  • sharath chandra
    Feb 6, 2016 - 7:01PM

    Enjoy ! you reap what you sow ! Enjoooooy.Recommend

  • Feroz
    Feb 6, 2016 - 7:19PM

    Strategic assets have become liabilities but those who reared them are living in their own sweet world, oblivious to the mayhem. Only yesterday those same assets were strutting around promising to liberate Kashmir, least bothered about their own country. With these holy Souls around, Pakistan needs no enemies.Recommend

  • kfaisal
    Feb 6, 2016 - 7:59PM

    Terrorism has never been able to bring about any policy changes. Its a futile methodology. Although injustice is an indirect feeder of terrorism, terrorism by its very nature is unjust. Unfortunately, its just like any other war, rich men using poorer ones to die for ’causes’ the poor don’t really have a stake in.Recommend

  • Feb 6, 2016 - 8:02PM

    Inna Lillahe Wa Inna Ilaihe Rajeoon!
    This is a terrible disaster that has taken the admin by surprise. Anyway, all this trouble has been foretold not by our admin to whom the citizens are pressing, but by none other than President Obama. What a poor and shameful response by our admin and National Security Advisor. Salams Recommend

  • Indian
    Feb 6, 2016 - 8:38PM

    You should have notified your intelligence agencies of this information. This attack could have been forestalled.Recommend

  • Feb 6, 2016 - 8:42PM

    India behind insurgency in Balochistan. TTP and BNA is being funded and supported by RAW Recommend

  • Javed Ali
    Feb 6, 2016 - 8:57PM

    Allah grants Jannah to those who lost lives in this heinous crime perpetrated by enemies of Pakistan. India and other militant organizations are responsible for this dastard act of terrorism.The Govt must raise this long cycle of vicious violence of RAW in Baluchistan and entire Pakistan with India and also with UN. Furthermore, security apparatus must be enhanced in order to halt shedding of blood more plz….Recommend

  • mehboob
    Feb 6, 2016 - 9:51PM

    blame nds raw cia mossad arabs and everyone else as “There is no fault in our stars”Recommend

  • Pranav
    Feb 6, 2016 - 10:27PM

    It’s the result of anger of People of Balochistan.Recommend

  • whatever
    Feb 6, 2016 - 10:44PM

    so after Kashmir day its mourning day..hope Pakistanis realize that there is not any good terrorist. the militants who are saying that we will bring back kashmir is making people fool from last 70 years. Pakistanis are stuck on 70 years old plebiscite and India has reached mars and ruling MS and google Recommend

  • Raj - USA
    Feb 7, 2016 - 12:26AM

    “Claiming that the attack was aimed at damaging the CPEC project, the secretary said, “Because of the Economic Corridor, the security forces are being targeted by terrorists.”

    Pakistan boasts that it broke CCCP (Soviet Union) to pieces. Now by pursuing CPEC it is inviting its own break up to pieces. Others (India and USA, may include Iran too) are not going sit back and watch Pakistan give away Gwadar port to China and facilitate China build a naval port there. CPEC without handing over Gwadar port to China is acceptable to all but CPEC only for handing over Gwadar port to China will not be allowed by all those who feel the threat from China.Recommend

  • Hameed
    Feb 7, 2016 - 12:53AM

    This is called FC but none of the names sound Pakhtoon. Is FC is also taken over by the bigger province?Recommend

  • Feb 7, 2016 - 1:22AM

    Extremist RAW and Frustrated NDS behind this attackRecommend

  • Sam
    Feb 7, 2016 - 7:26AM

    Rest in peace brave sons of nation. Terrorists can only run and hide. Justice will be upon them very soon. Long live Pakistan!!Recommend

  • Feb 7, 2016 - 7:49AM

    Inna ilahi wa innalilayhi raajioonRecommend

  • Darth Vader
    Feb 7, 2016 - 8:44AM

    Proxy wars have started again. Pathankot was a BIG mistake!Recommend

  • Kheyr786
    Feb 8, 2016 - 1:14AM

    Permanent unit force should be deployed to monitor and punish those involved and it should be on permanent basis every town along with security camera surveillance infrastructureRecommend

  • Feb 9, 2016 - 11:37AM

    The National Action Plan must be start as soon as possible.Recommend

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