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Blasts in Pakistan’s Quetta kill five policemen

Nobody has taken responsibility of the attacks but Taliban militants and Baloch nationalists often target security forces in the area.

world Updated: Apr 24, 2018 23:19 IST
Imtiaz Ahmad
Imtiaz Ahmad
Hindustan Times, Islamabad
Quetta,Pakistan,Quetta blast
Policemen and locals gather near a destroyed police truck, after three suicide bomb attacks in southwestern city of Quetta, Pakistan April 24.(Reuters Photo)

Five policemen were killed and seven others were injured when a suicide bomber targeted a police van at Quetta’s Airport Road on Tuesday evening, local media reported.

Two other suicide bombers also tried to attack a Frontier Corps checkpost at Quetta’s Mian Ghundi area. However, following an exchange of fire, security personnel killed managed to kill the attackers before they could explode their suicide vests, the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said.

“It was a targeted attack on the security forces carried out by militants but due to the swift reaction of the FC soldiers there were no casualties,” Aslam Tareen, the Director-General of Civil Defence, told the media.

Nobody took responsibility of the attacks but the Taliban militants and Baloch nationalists often target security forces in the area.

(With inputs from agencies)

First Published: Apr 24, 2018 19:46 IST