South Asia

Six killed as blast targets police van in Pakistan

Pakistani forces. Screenshot from Reuters video. FILE PHOTO

A blast targeting a police van in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province in Pakistan on Friday, killing at least six people and injuring more than 20 others, Pakistani media reported.

Law enforcement officials on the scene also reported gunshots being fired following the explosion, adding to the chaos and fear in the area.

The explosion occurred in the vicinity of Tank Adda, near a police van, resulting in injuries to 22 individuals who are now being urgently transported to a nearby hospital. Several of the injured victims are currently in critical condition.

This incident follows a grim pattern, as just last month, two separate blasts rocked Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Balochistan, causing a significant loss of life on the day of Eid Miladun Nabi, the birth anniversary of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH).

In Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s Hangu, a blast during the Friday sermon led to the death of five individuals and injured 12 more.

Earlier in the same day, a suicide blast in Balochistan’s Mastung district claimed the lives of at least 35 people, including a police officer, and leftover 45 others wounded.

Over the past year, Pakistan has faced a series of terror attacks, with Balochistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa becoming focal points for militants targeting both security forces and civilians, posing a significant threat to the region’s stability.

A recent report from the Pakistan Institute for Conflict and Security Studies (PICSS) has highlighted a notable increase in militant attacks across the country, with 99 terror incidents reported in August alone.