Quetta: Blast on Fatima Jinnah road leaves 3 dead

Mar 2, 2022:  Three people, including a deputy superintendent of police (DSP), were martyred while 24 people were injured in a blast near a police van at Quetta’s Fatima Jinnah Road.

DIG Fida Hussain while speaking to the media, said that around two kilograms of explosives was used in the blast. He said police and LEAs were investigating the incident from all angles.

DIG Operations Fida Hussain while talking to media said that the police mobile of City Police Station was present in the area around 7 pm when a loud explosion took place. He said the nature of the incident was being investigated but added that 2 to 2.5kg of explosives had been used.

Hussein also identified one of the dead as a DSP, adding that 24 people, including policemen, were injured. Quetta Civil Hospital spokesman Dr Wasim Baig said the injured were being shifted to the hospital for medical treatment.

Balochistan Chief Minister Mir Abdul Qudoos Bizenjo, while strongly condemning the incident, directed hospitals in the provincial capital to impose an emergency.

He also instructed the hospital administrations to ensure presence of all doctors and paramedical staff at all times.

“All resources should be utilised to bring those responsible for the incident to justice,” he said and directed officials to make security arrangements more effective.

Pakistan has seen an increase in attacks in recent months with several terrorism-related incidents being reported especially in Balochistan.

In February this year, at least two security forces personnel were injured in a blast near a school at Saryab Mills, Quetta. As per reports, the explosive was placed on a motorbike near the school.

In December 2021, at least one person was killed and 10 others were injured in a blast at Shahrah-e-Iqbal, Quetta.

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