In the continued cycle of violence that grips the Balochistan’s capital, a teenage boy lost his life and as many as fifteen other people were injured when a bomb exploded at a check-post near Double Road area, on Monday.
Police officials revealed that an explosive device, attached to a bicycle, detonated near a police check post outside the Urban Planning and Development Office, leaving 15 people injured, including four police officers.
Capital City Police officer Quetta Mir Zubair Mehmood, along with a contingent of police and frontier corps, reached the site soon after the incident and cordoned off the area. The injured were shifted to Civil Hospital Quetta, where a young boy succumbed to injuries sustained during the blast.
Deputy Superintendent Police Asif Ghafoor and Mohammad Babul of Edhi ambulance service confirmed the death of the boy, identified as Jalaluddin.
Officials said that the bomb was detonated through a remote control and targeted the Police check-post nearby. According to the bomb disposal squad, the device weighed 5 kilograms and damaged the surrounding buildings.
Spokesperson for the little known United Baloch Army (UBA) Mazar Baloch, claimed the responsibility for the attack.
However, police has so far registered a case against unknown assailants and have initiated an investigation into the incident.
Published in The Express Tribune, October 9th, 2012.