QUETTA/HYDERABAD - A day after country’s civilian and military leadership sat together to hammer out a strategy to tackle terrorism, a number of bomb blasts rocked several cities on Friday.
A patrolling party of Frontier Corps (FC) was hit by a remote controlled cycle bomb on Sariab Road of Quetta injuring four passers-by on Friday.
According to Sariab police, an improvised explosive device (IED) was fitted to a bicycle and parked near a fuel station at Sariab Road near Gahi Khan Chowk. “Miscreants detonated the bomb when vehicle of paramilitary troops passed by,” they said, adding, that the blast injured four passers-by and partially damaged the FC vehicle.
Capital City Police Officer Abdul Razzaq Cheema said that the security personnel who were targeted in the blast remained unhurt. ”FC vehicle was on routine patrol when targeted with remotely controlled cycle bomb,” he added.
A heavy contingent of police and FC reached the spot and threw a cordon near the crime scene. The injured were shifted to Provincial Sandeman Hospital where they have been identified as Ahmed Ali, Ameer Hamza, Araz Khan and Muhammad Atif Qalandrani. They received multiple splinter wounds but their lives are said to be out of danger.
According to Bomb Disposal Squad (BDS), four to five kilograms explosive materials were used in the blast.
No group has claimed the responsibility for this latest attack until this report was filed. Police and security forces have started a manhunt in the area.
Meanwhile, at least five cracker blasts were reported in Hyderabad and three in Dadu on Friday.
No one was reported hurt in these attacks but banned Jeay Sindh Muttahida Mahaz (JSMM) called for a strike in the province on Saturday (today) against these blasts.
In Hyderabad, crackers were thrown at Liberty, Hyder Chowk, Latifabad and Koh-e-Noor Chowk.
In Khyber Agency, a Frontier Corps (FC) man sustained splinters injuries when a small food supply convoy of forces was struck by a remote control bomb planted by unknown militants in Charwazgai area of tehsil Landi Kotal, sub-division of Khyber Agency, official and local sources informed on Friday.
Sources said the FC troops along with their horses loaded with water and edibles for delivery to the posts located on hilltops were on their way when they were hit by the planted bomb. “One soldier identified as Shan Khel Afridi son of KhanKhel wounded in the blast,” the sources said. They said that soon after the incident the forces and administration officials moved to the scene, cordoned off the whole area and shifted the injured to a military hospital.
Monitoring Desk adds: Another bomb explosion was reported near DHQ Hospital in Swabi, reported a private TV channel.