Two Frontier Corps (FC) members were injured in an explosion on Sariab Road in Quetta on Monday, an FC spokesman said.
Staff were on a routine patrol in a village when the bomb – installed in a motorcycle on the side of the road – exploded remotely as they approached the site, the spokesman said.
The injured officials have been transferred to the FC hospital, he added.
A large number of security personnel as well as a bomb disposal team reached the site immediately after the explosion, he said, adding that the area had been cordoned off and a search operation had been launched. .
There has been an upsurge in violence in Balochistan with several attacks and explosions reported since the start of the year.
At least 13 terrorists were killed and seven security personnel, including an officer, were martyred in armed attacks on two security force camps in Naushki and Panjgur districts last week.
Baluchistan Interior Minister Mir Zia Langove said at the time that several threats had been made in February. “We had threats from Daesh and so-called nationalists,” he said.
Last month, 17 people, including two policemen, were injured in a grenade attack in the town of Dera Allahyar in Jaffarabad district.
Previously, three members of the Levies Force as well as a Bugti clan elder were martyred and eight others injured in two bomb blasts in the Sui area of Dera Bugti.
Sheikh Rashid hints at increased attacks
Over the weekend, Interior Minister Sheikh Rashid – while apparently referring to the recent increase in terrorist incidents and attacks on security forces – said incidents over the past week could further increase.
“I don’t want to comment on the talks here. The Taliban have intervened but the incidents over the past week may increase. They may increase [further]“, he declared during a ceremony held on Saturday in Rawalpindi.
Rashid did not elaborate on the comment, which was also apparently a hint at the end of a month-long ceasefire between the government and the outlawed Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) in December last year.