Late on August 8th, a terrorist attack targeted policemen in the city of Quetta, the provincial capital and largest city of the Province of Balochistan in Pakistan.
At least two policemen were killed and 12 others were injured in an explosion that targeted a vehicle carrying 15 policemen near Quetta’s Serena Hotel. Six civilians were among the injured in the attack.
The attack was carried out with a motorcycle fitted with an improvised explosive device (IED).
The injured were taken to hospital, while Counter-Terrorism Department (CTD) teams were deployed at the scene.
“[We] will bring to justice the elements trying to create disturbance in peaceful Balochistan,” Balochistan government spokesperson Liaquat Shahwani said in a statement.
The same day, a vendor was injured on Quetta’s Sariab Road after unidentified persons launched a grenade at his shop where he was selling Pakistan flags and other paraphernalia ahead of 14th August, the Independence Day in Pakistan.
No one has taken responsibility for today’s terrorist attack yet.
The same day, the security forces of Pakistan launched an operation against Tehrik-i Taliban Pakistan and eliminated three militants in the Lahore district. They turned out to be citizens of Afghanistan, who were reportedly planning terrorist attacks against Shiites.
The Quetta Hotel has a notorious reputation. The attack was committed in front of the same hotel in April . Then the Tehrik-i Taliban Pakistan group claimed responsibility for the attack, saying that its target was a Chinese diplomat. A bomb exploded in the parking lot of the Quetta Serena Hotel, killing five people and wounding a dozen others. Later, several attacks targeted Chinese citizens there.
The number of terrorist attacks in the region remains high. In July, four people were injured and a vehicle of Frontier Corps was damaged in a blast in Hazar Ganji, on the outskirts of Quetta. On July 1, at least six security personnel were injured in a bomb explosion that targeted an army convoy on Quetta’s Airport Road.
The attacks are tacking place amid the ongoing war in Afghanistan.
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