QUETTA: A police official was killed and three others were injured when a patrolling police vehicle was attacked with a remote controlled bomb on Qambrani Road in Quetta on Thursday.
Talking to The Express Tribune, police officer Sikandar Tareen said that unknown persons had planted an explosive device along the roadside and detonated it using a remote control when a police patrol passed by. The subsequent explosion had damaged the vehicle and injured four of its occupants.
A heavy contingent of the Frontier Corps (FC) and police reached the spot and cordoned off the area. The injured police personnel were shifted to the nearby Bolan Medical College Teaching Hospital where one of the police personnel, Mohammad Talah, was reported dead on arrival.
Others injured included Abdul Hakeem, Inayatullah and Mohammad Naseem.
“The target was the police patrol,” a senior investigation officer said, adding that the incident was linked to the target killing of senior anti-terrorism police officer Shahnwaz Khan. Khan had been shot dead two days ago near his residence in Satellite Town in Quetta. The Lashkar-e-Jhangvi (LeJ) spokesperson Abu Bakar Sadiq Jhangvi accepted responsibility for the death of CID official Khan, adding that the LeJ will not spare anyone who kills their members.
The senior investigation officer further said that a banned outfit had issued a hit list of police officers, warning that they will target the police and other law enforcement agencies in Quetta.
However, no group had claimed responsibility for Thursday's attack until the filing of this report.
Man shot dead in Faizabad
Meanwhile, a man identified as Ghulam Moyuddin was shot dead by unknown assailants in Faizabad area of Saryab in Quetta.
The victim was standing outside his residence when armed assailants riding on a motorbike opened fire at him, killing him on the spot.
The assailants managed to escape from the scene.
The motive behind the murder could not be ascertained.
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