CHAMAN: A motorcycle bomb exploded Thursday near a police checkpost in Chaman, Balochistan near the Afghan border, killing one civilian and wounding 20 others, police said.
"The bomb was planted in a motorcycle. One person was killed and 13 were wounded -- all of them were civilians," Shahid Saleem, a police official in Chaman told AFP.
The tally of injured people later rose to 20.
Saleem said the apparent target of the bombing was the police checkpost but policemen there were unhurt.
Two further bombs were found and one exploded while the squad was trying to defuse them.
The second blast took place with a gap of 90 minutes that injured DSP Chaman Gul Mohammed Awan, SHO Saleem Shahid and two constables.
District Police Officer Atif Akram said police found two bombs on Taj Road after the first blast. The second blast took place when police were proceeding towards a suspected motorbike parked along with wall of local court.
Ismail Ibrahim, a senior government official in Chaman, told AFP that the bomb was detonated via remote control.
The injured which includes two children were shifted to a hospital. According to reports, the children were of a shopkeeper who was just closing shop and heading home when the explosion occurred.
“It was a crowded locality and blast took place right after the evening prayers,” police officer said.
Police and rescue teams rushed to the spot soon after the blast and cordoned off the area. The deceased and injured were shifted to the Civil Hospital Chaman for treatment.
According to the hospital sources, two children among four injured are in critical condition and have been referred to Quetta.
According to the Bomb Disposal Squad (BDS) around three to four kilograms explosive materials were used in the first blast. Three cars were destroyed in blast and windowpanes of the shops and houses were shattered due to the impact of the blast.
DSP and SHO during a search found two suspected motorbikes on Taj Road near local court and went closer to the bikes when blast occurred. The third suspected motorbike was parked near the crime scene and no one went closer. The injured police officers are said to be in critical condition.
District Police Officer said police had the information about a possible suicide attack in Chaman and remained on alert. “We have the information about a suicide bomber who entered to Chaman,” he added.
He said police and security forces have been deployed in the Chaman town and all necessary steps are being taken to control the situation.
No group has yet claimed responsiblity for the attack but Baluchistan, the least developed province of Pakistan bordering Afghanistan and Iran, has been badly hit by a decade-long Baluch separatist insurgency and sectarian violence mainly targeting Shiites muslims from the ethnic Hazara community.
Chaman is one of two major border crossings between Pakistan and Afghanistan, along with Torkham in the northwest, and is the main land route for NATO supplies crossing from Pakistan into Afghanistan.
The border post in Chaman has been subject frequent bomb attacks, including suicide bombings.
Earlier in November, a motorbike bomb killed three people near Christen Colony in Chaman town.
Police said it was a remote-controlled blast and the explosive material was planted on a motorbike. The injured were passers-by.
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