CHAMAN: A bomb targeting the Anti-Narcotics Force (ANF) ripped through the Chaman’s Mall Road on Monday, killing at least six people and wounding 20 others, police and hospital officials said.
The explosion took place when an improvised bomb planted in a motorcycle went off in Chaman, a bordering town near Afghanistan.
A vehicle carrying ANF personnel was believed to be the target, senior police official Razzaq Cheema said.
Mohammad Ali, a local police official, said that some of the wounded were in critical condition.
Security forces and police cordoned off the area, where residents said several shops and vehicles were damaged.
No group immediately claimed responsibility for the attack, but Baloch separatists demanding greater autonomy have been waging a rebellion for years.
Prime Minister Imran Khan, in a statement, has strongly condemned the Chaman blast and expressed grief over the loss of lives. He prayed for the early recovery of those injured.
Interior Minister Brigadier (r) Ijaz Shah said in a statement that “such attacks are aimed at spreading fear among the people”.
Balochistan Chief Minister Jam Kamal Khan also condemned the attack and directed authorities concerned to leave no stone unturned in providing the best healthcare facilities to the injured. He said that terrorists want to create a law and order situation in Chaman but they will not succeed in their nefarious designs.
Earlier on July 21, at least one person was killed and seven others sustained injuries as a bomb blast ripped through a market in Turbat, Balochistan.
According to the Police, an improvised explosive device (IED) was planted in a motorcycle parked outside a shop in Turbat Bazaar.