Two killed in Quetta IED blast

BDS officials were diffusing the device when it exploded; 12 others, including policemen injured

Mohammad Zafar February 13, 2017
Site of the Quetta blast. PHOTO: EXPRESS

QUETTA: At least two people including a bomb disposal squad (BDS) officer were killed in an explosion near the overhead bridge on Quetta's Sariab road Monday evening.

A security team was diffusing an improvised explosive device (IED) when the latter exploded. As a result, head of the squad, Commander Abdul Razzaq and police constable Abdul Majeed, were killed and 12 others, including policemen wounded.

The injured were shifted to the civil hospital.

According to sources, the BDS team, on a tip-off, rushed to the site, and cordoned the area. However, the IED detonated during the diffusing process.

Quetta's war widows

Commander Abdul Razzaq of the BDS team, who was killed in the blast. PHOTO: EXPRESS

Political leadership of Balochistan has time and again blamed ‘external forces’ for fomenting unrest in the province to achieve their ‘ulterior motives’.

Last year in August, the suicide attack on Quetta’s Civil Hospital claimed at least 74 people, most of them lawyers.