Two children killed, Chinese national injured in Gwadar blast


QUETTA:

At least two children were killed and three other people sustained injuries during a suicide attack targeting a vehicle carrying Chinese nationals in Balochistan’s Gwadar on Friday.

The blast occurred on Gwadar’s Expressway near the Chinese vehicle, injuring three people including a Chinese national.

“Strongly condemn suicide attack on Chinese nationals’ vehicle in Gwadar,” Balochistan government spokesperson Liaquat Shahwani wrote on his official Twitter handle.

He said that the two children were playing nearby who died in the explosion, adding that one Chinese national “sustained minor injuries”.

The injured have been rushed to a local hospital where they are receiving medical aid.

The deceased have been identified as 11-year-old Salman s/o Khuda Bakhsh and 10-year-old Salman s/o Haider Nagori.

Police and other law enforcement agencies have reached the blast site and cordoned off the area for further investigation.

Also read: Security forces, CTD kill five BLA militants in joint operation 

Terrorists have in recent times stepped up their attacks at public places and on security personnel.

On August 12, at least five suspected armed militants belonging to a banned militant organisation were killed in a gun battle with Balochistan chapter’s Counter-Terrorism Department (CTD) personnel and security forces in the New Marri Camp area of Hazarganji located in the provincial capital Quetta.

According to CTD officials, the search operation in the New Marri Camp of Hazarganji was launched on reports that terrorists were planning to conduct terrorist attacks at important places of the provincial capital city on the eve of Independence Day.

On August 8, two police personnel were martyred while many others sustained injures when a powerful blast targeted their vehicle near a luxury hotel in Quetta.

According to provincial government spokesperson Liaquat Shahwani, a police van was targeted during the attack in which at least 21 people, including 12 cops, were also injured.

He said that the explosive material was planted in a motorcycle.
The Baloch Liberation Army (BLA), a banned outfit, has claimed responsibility for the blast




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