Quetta - Four police personnel were killed and another 14 were injured in a bombing in Turbat, southwest of Quetta late on Tuesday night. Platoons of Balochistan Constabulary (BC) and reserved police were going for deployment in the area for the religious congregation of Zikris to be held from Ramadan 23 to 27 in Turbat town. When the trucks carrying the security personnel reached Shapuk, 25 kilometers from Turbat, a powerful blast took place, killing four BC personnel on the spot and injuring 14 others.
When contacted, District Police Officer Farooq Faiz Lahri said two of the injured were declared to be serious, adding that efforts were being made to arrest the culprits. He said every year police provided protection to Zikri pilgrims who came from Karachi and other parts of Balochistan to participate in the annual congregation, adding that this year too the BC personnel were coming to Turbat for being deployed for maintenance of law and order in the area. Levies official Shamim Ahmad said the civil administration was of the view that improvised explosive device could have been used to be detonated by a remote-controlled device. However, he said investigations by the bomb disposal squad were underway.