KARACHI: A remote control bomb exploded in the Pakistani city of Quetta, capital of Balochistan province, injuring seven people, including two police officers, a senior police officer said on Saturday.
The explosion targeted a police van near a high security area in Nawa Killi. Chief Superintendent of Police Operations (SSP) Asad Nasir told media that the bomb weighing around 4 to 5 kilograms was mounted on a motorcycle parked on the road.
“The target was a police eagle squad van and when it passed the bomb was detonated by remote control,” he said. Of the seven people injured in the blast, two are police officers, while the rest are civilians, the officer said. Security forces and relief officials rushed to the area after the explosion.
The injured were transferred to Quetta civilian hospital and the area was cordoned off, police said. Baluchistan has been the scene of a wave of low-intensity violence for years.
Local Baloch nationalists, the Baloch Liberation Army (BLA) and Taliban militants mostly claim responsibility for the attacks.
In 2019, the United States designated the BLA, which fights the Pakistani regime in Balochistan province, as a terrorist organization.