Seven policemen killed in SW Pakistan bombing, ambush

Baku, October 18, AZERTAC

At least seven policemen were killed and 22 injured in a bomb attack and a subsequent ambush in southwestern Balochistan province early Wednesday, police and local media reported, according to Anadolu Agency.

The blast targeted a truck carrying policemen on the outskirts of Quetta, the capital of Balochistan, provincial home minister Mir Sarfraz Bugti told reporters.

He said it was premature to say if it was a blast triggered by remote control, or a suicide bombing.

Local media, however, quoting unnamed police officials, reported that the blast could be the act of a suicide bomber.

Footage aired on local Geo TV showed charred wreckage of the truck lying in the middle of the road, while honking ambulances shifting the bodies and the injured to the hospitals.

One hour after the bomb blast, another policeman was killed in an ambush by unknown gunmen in a busy locality of Quetta.

There was no immediate word of responsibility for the bombing, howeverTaliban militants, and Baloch separatists have been involved in attacks on security forces in the recent past.

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