At least three Balochistan Constabulary personnel were killed and 12 others wounded in remote-controlled bomb blast in Saami area of Shapuk, in Kech district on Tuesday.
A Balochistan Constabulary convoy, comprising two trucks, was on its way from Quetta to Turbat when it was targeted with a remote-controlled bomb, Abdul Razzaq Sasoli, the assistant commissioner of Kech, told The Express Tribune.
“At least three personnel were killed on the spot and 12 others were wounded – some of them critically,” Abdul Razzaq said, adding that the bomb planted on a roadside.
A police official, Inham Lal put the number of fatalities at four. “The two trucks were destroyed in the blast,” he told The Express Tribune.
Contingents of police and paramilitary Frontier Corps rushed to the spot soon after the incident and carried out the rescue and relief operation.
They threw a security cordon around the area and police and Levies personnel mounted a massive manhunt for the culprits.
The casualties were driven to the Divisional Headquarters Hospital in Turbat.
No group has claimed responsibility for the attack. However, a myriad of Baloch insurgent groups have been waging a deadly insurgency in the province since 2004.
Interior Minister Rehman Malik recently told lawmakers in the upper house of parliament that the banned insurgent group, Balochistan Liberation Army (BLA) has claimed responsibility for most attacks on security forces in the province.
He claimed that some foreign powers were supporting the Baloch insurgents who are also maintaining camps in neighbouring Afghanistan. The Baloch insurgents deny the charge.
Police station attacked
Gunmen attacked a police station in Mashkey in central Balochistan with sophisticated weapons.
“Policemen successfully defended the police station and chased out the attackers,” Noor Ahmed, the district police officer (DPO) told The Express Tribune by telephone. “No one was injured in the attack.”
Published in The Express Tribune, August 8th, 2012.