9 policemen martyred and 13 injured in Bolan Balochistan attack

Nashad Baloch, Syed Ali Shah:


At least nine policemen were martyred and 13 injured in a blast in Balochistan’s Bolan mountains on Monday. Police sources said a vehicle carrying the personnel of the Balochistan constabulary was targeted through a blast in the Kunbri area of Bolan.

“This seems to be a suicide attack”, a senior security official says

“The blast seems to be a suicide attack”, a senior security official told Daily Quetta Voice via telephone. He said the initial investigation suggests that the suicide bomber rammed his explosive-laden motorcycle into the Balochistan Constabulary’s van.

Injured of the Bolan blast being shifted to Quetta

“We are collecting evidence from the spot”, he said. The target of the terrorists was the historic Sibi Mela that ended yesterday. They were unable to target the centuries-old festival and succeeded in targeting the security personnel coming back from Sibi to Quetta, the official narrated.

Sources confirm the martyrdom of nine policemen in the attack and 13 injured. “The constabulary van was on its way back to Quetta from Sibi when an explosion occurred near the vehicle on the Kambri bridge in the area bordering the Sibi and Kachhi borders,” Mehmood Notezai, the Senior Superintendent of Police said.

According to the official, preliminary evidence suggested that the blast was a suicide attack. However, he said the exact nature of the attack will be ascertained after investigation.

CM Bizenjo condemns the attack

Chief Minister Balochistan, Mir Quddus Bizenjo strongly condemned the terrorist attack and said that the perpetrators of the blast would be brought to justice. In a statement after the attack, Mr. Bizenjo directed the authorities to send a special helicopter to evacuate the injured from the blast.

“Injured of the Bolan blast shifted to Quetta for medical treatment”, an official of the Chief Minister’s Secretariat confirmed. He said the injured would be provided medical treatment to the civil hospital Quetta.

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