QUETTA - At least two traffic policemen were killed and eight others injured when a blast hit a security checkpost in Quetta on Tuesday afternoon.

The bomb blast occurred near Balochistan University at Sariyab Road.

Rescue officials and law enforcement personnel immediately arrived at the scene and shifted the injured and bodies to a nearby hospital.

According to police, a time bomb weighing two kilograms detonated near the checkpost.

President Mamnoon Hussain and Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif have strongly condemned the Quetta blast.

In their separate statements, they prayed for the departed souls and expressed sympathies with the bereaved families. They directed the authorities concerned to provide best possible medical treatment to those injured in the despicable incident.

Balochistan Chief Minister also took notice of the incident and directed the authorities to submit a report at earliest.

Balochistan Home Minister Sarfraz Bugti who visited the site said the blast would be investigated from all angles.

DOCTOR KIDNAPPED IN QUETTA

Unidentified men kidnapped a doctor from his Jinnah Town residence in Quetta late Monday night.

Dr Irshad Khosa is a diabetes specialist at the Bolan Medical Complex.

Police have not been able to ascertain if the doctor was kidnapped for ransom or any personal enmity was the reason behind abduction.

Kidnapping of doctors in the restive province is on the rise. In September 2013 three doctors were released by the Taliban.

The Pakistan Medical Association has repeatedly warned authorities of the threats doctors face and appealed for strict action.

TERROR BID THWARTED IN

 DERA MURAD JAMALI

The Frontier Constabulary (FC) Tuesday thwarted a major terror attempt in Dera Murad Jamali area of Balochistan.

The FC officials recovered a 10 kg explosive material planted on Mir Hassan Road. The FC has taken the explosive material into their possession. The FC personnel cordoned off the area and started a search operation to arrest terrorists.