At least 13 people were injured on Tuesday in an IED attack at Kharan Bazaar in Balochistan.
A police official informed that unknown miscreants attached an improvised explosive device (IED) with a motorbike and parked it near the main square of Kharan, which exploded with a loud bang. As a result, 13 people were injured.
Law enforcement along with the demining unit reached the site and cordoned off the entire area.
They inspected the site of the attack and picked up debris from the bicycle used in the explosion.
The injured were transferred to the district headquarters hospital who were identified as Abid, Sanaullah, Faisal, Muhammad Asif, Hazoor Bakhsh, Abdul Malik, Nazir Ahmed, Muhammad Eisa, Ikhlaq Ahmed, Munir Ahmed and Ahmed. Further investigations were ongoing.
This is the second such attack on a busy main marketplace in Balochistan. On Sunday, two civilians were killed in a similar explosion in the Panjgur bazaar. It also inflicted damage on vehicles as well as the shops in the market. The IED had been planted inside a bicycle that had been parked by the side of the road. Police said a security forces vehicle was the real target as the explosion occurred as the vehicle passed the bike.
Chief Minister Mir Abdul Qudoos Bizenjo condemned the explosion in the district, calling it an act of terrorism and ordered an investigation.
“Anti-state elements want to disrupt the peace in the province,” said CM Bizenjo. “The people of the province stand with their security forces to eradicate the scourge of terrorism,” he added.
The provincial chief executive ordered relevant authorities to provide the best medical facilities for the injured.
Published in The Express Tribune, November 3rd, 2021.