Four security men injured in blast; NATO trailer torched

Express May 19, 2010

QUETTA: At least four security personnel were injured in a bomb explosion on the outskirts of Quetta city Wednesday morning.

“Suspected miscreants detonated a bomb strapped to an electricity pylon in the Main Guandi area, causing damage to the transmission line,” Superintendent of Police Shahnwaz Khan told The Express Tribune. As soon as police and paramilitary Frontier Corps reached the area, another blast occurred, causing injuries to four security personnel, he added.

Two vehicles were also damaged in the blast. “It was a remote-controlled device and security personnel were the target,” Khan said. The injured were ferried to the Combined Military Hospital (CMH) and Sandman Hospital Quetta for treatment. Police have registered a case against unknown miscreants and started investigations. Separately, a trailer carrying military hardware for Nato forces stationed in Afghanistan was partially damaged when unknown men set it on fire near the Pak-Afghan border town of Chaman.

Official sources said that the trailer was on its way from Karachi to Kandahar in Afghanistan when armed men attacked it in the Shala Bagh area near Chaman. Soon after the incident, security forces rushed to the site. The trailer was damaged in the fire but the armoured vehicle loaded on it remained safe. The attackers managed to flee after the attack. Police have registered a case and started investigation.

Published in the Express Tribune, May 20th, 2010.