Landmine blasts kill 3 in Dera Bugti

Security officials say local peace force was searching for militants in Loti area when one member stepped on landmine

Mohammad Zafar June 18, 2016
Soldiers examine the site of a bomb explosion that targeted a security convoy in Quetta on February 6, 2016. PHOTO: AFP

QUETTA: Two children were among three people killed in separate landmine explosions in Dera Bugti that also left three more people with injuries on Friday.

According to security officials, a local peace force was searching for militants in the Loti area of Dera Bugti when one of the members stepped on a landmine.

Militants had attacked the tribal force some days ago and also kidnapped a member while injuring others. The peace force launched a rescue operation when the landmine blast took place.

“A man named Shambani stepped on the landmine laid down by the militants that exploded, killing the man on the spot while injuring two others,” an official said.  Rescue workers and law enforcement agencies rushed to the spot and shifted the victims to a nearby hospital. Meanwhile, another landmine explosion in Goth Eid Muhammad Bugti killed two children.

According to Levies official, the kids named Ejaz and Ayesha were going to visit their relatives in an adjacent town, when the boy stepped on a landmine. The victims died on the spot. “The landmine was placed by unknown people probably to target security forces personnel,” a Levies officer said.

Residents and rescue workers shifted the deceased to the nearby district headquarters hospital for medico-legal proceedings. The bodies were handed over to the heirs for burial while a case has been registered against unknown suspects.

Published in The Express Tribune, June 18th, 2016.


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