CHAMAN -  Twin blasts injured eight people including three security personnel in the border city of Chaman on Monday.

The sound of the blasts was heard at far off places in the city. The blasts damaged a police mobile, a rickshaw and a motorcycle.

“A terrorism incident took place at Mall Road in which one civilian was injured,” the police said.

Shortly after the first explosion, police and Frontier Corps contingents along with bomb disposal squad and rescue teams reached the blast scene.

In the meantime, another planted explosive device went off with a bang. Security officials and rescue teams were busy in rescue efforts and clearing up the area when the second blast took place, police said.

“Three security officials – two policemen and one Frontier Corps personal – and four others sustained injuries in the second blast,” said police. The injured were rushed to Civil Hospital Chaman.

The blasts sent a wave of fear and panic in the city.

Civil Hospital Chaman’s Medical Superintendent Dr Akhtar confirmed that eight injured had been shifted to the hospital.

“Two policemen and one FC official were among eight people brought to hospital,” said Dr Akhtar adding, first aid was given to the wounded patients. However, no injured was in critical condition.

Traffic at Mall Road was suspended due to security reasons for a short span of time in order to avoid any further untoward incident.

A police official said attacks were carried out through improvised explosive devices near a building under construction.

The blasts were the first after the start of new year in Balochistan which has been a victim of sectarian violence, terrorism and deprivation for years.

The security forces cordoned off the area after the blasts and launched a search operation to apprehend the perpetrators.

Balochistan Governor Muhammad Khan Achakzai and Chief Minister Nawab Sanaullah Zehri strongly denounced the terror blasts and ordered the security authorities to arrest the culprits.

Meanwhile, police registered a first information report (FIR) under various sections of murder and terrorism into the incident and investigation was underway.

Names of the injured are Ghulam Muhammad, Muhammad Aslam, Jalaluddin, Muhammad Alam, Abdul Qadir, Naqeebullah and Abdul Shakoor.