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Pakistan: Three including senior cop killed, 11 injured in blast in Balochistan

The bombing took place in Chaman, a tense border town in southwestern Balochistan province, which has seen many bombings and extremist attacks in the past.

world Updated: Jul 10, 2017 19:10 IST
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Pakistani security officials gather at the site of a bomb explosion targeting the police chief in the border town of Chaman on July 10.
Pakistani security officials gather at the site of a bomb explosion targeting the police chief in the border town of Chaman on July 10.(AFP Photo)

A senior Pakistani police official, his guard and a civilian were killed and 11 others injured on Monday in a bomb attack in the country’s restive Balochistan province.

The bombing took place in Chaman, a tense border town in the southwestern province, which has seen many bombings and extremist attacks in the past.

Although initial reports suggested the blast was caused by an Improvised Explosive Device, sources later said it was a suicide attack targeting the vehicle of the police officer.

District Police Officer (DPO) Killa Abdullah Sajid Mohmand, who was critically wounded in the blast, succumbed to his injuries in the hospital.

“The DPO, his guard and a civilian were killed while another 11 people were injured,” police spokesman Shazada Farhat said.

Farhat said police found a badly destroyed motorcycle at site of the blast.

An emergency has been declared in hospitals and law enforcement and rescue officials have been dispatched to the site of the incident.

No one immediately claimed responsibility for the bombing.

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has strongly condemned terrorist attack on police convoy.

Interior minister Chaudhry Nisar and Balochistan home minister Mir Sarfaraz Ahmed Bugti also condemned the attack. Nisar sought a report probing the incident.

Chaman is considered a sensitive town in Balochistan as it shares a border with Afghanistan’s volatile Kandahar province.