South Asia

Four people killed, 15 wounded in blast in southwest Pakistan

At least four people, including two policemen, were killed and 15 more were wounded in an explosion in Quetta city, the capital of Pakistan’s southwest Balochistan province, on Monday evening, police and health officials said.

The blast targeted a police vehicle that was on a routine patrol at the Meezan Chowk area of Quetta’s Qandahari Bazaar, said Zuhaib Mohsin, a senior police official in Quetta.

Rescue teams, police and security forces rushed to the site and shifted the bodies and the injured to a hospital.

The health official feared that the death toll might further rise as some of the injured were in critical condition.

Police officials have said the bomb was placed on a motorbike and was detonated remotely.

Two vehicles, many motorbikes and nearby shops were damaged in the explosion, officials said.

No group has claimed responsibility for the attack.

Pakistani Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif condemned the attack, saying that the ill plans of terrorists will be crushed.

The blast happens as attacks against Pakistani police have been on the rise in the last few months.

On Friday, Pakistan’s top security committee said it has started an all-out comprehensive operation “to wipe out the menace of terrorism in the country.”