QUETTA - Three Frontier Corps (FC) men were killed and 10 others wounded in a bomb attack in Quetta, claimed by the banned Baloch Liberation Army (BLA), on the outskirts of Quetta on Friday. Another FC?soldier was killed in an attack in Dera Bugti.

An FC spokesman said explosive material fitted to a bicycle parked along the roadside near Badini intersection was detonated when a patrol passed by, killing three security men and wounding 10 others. Six civilians, including a woman, were among the injured, rescuers said.

Lawmen rushed to the site and cordoned off the area. The rescuers shifted the dead and injured to the Civil Hospital and CM Hospital. The deceased were identified as Nawab Khan, Sarmad and Wajid Khan, while two injured security personnel were named as Sajjad Ahmed and Feroz Ahmed.

DIG (Investigation) Hamid Shakeel told the media that four security men and six civilians, including a woman, were among the wounded. “The FC convoy was the main target,” he added. According to sources in the bomb disposal squad, it was a remote-controlled blast and up to 15-kg explosive material was used while the FC vehicle was without a jammer.

Calling from unspecified location, BLA spokesman Jehand Baloch claimed responsibility for the attack, saying: “Eight FC personnel were killed and several others wounded.” The BLA spokesman asked civilians to stay away from security forces. The explosion triggered panic among the residents who started running helter-skelter. Police have launched a hunt for the culprits. However, no arrest was made till filing of this report.

Meanwhile, a Frontier Corps constable was killed and five others were wounded when armed men attacked a check post in restive Dera Bugti district on Friday, while a man was shot dead in Khuzdar.

Unidentified gunmen attacked a security forces check post in Dasht Goran area, killing a soldier and leaving five others wounded. The assailants fled from the scene when security personnel returned fire.

Dera Bugti Tehsildar Baharm Bugti confirmed the incident, saying one security personnel killed and five other wounded.

Security personnel guarded the site after the incident and shifted the deceased and injured personnel to the hospital before starting a search operation in the area to track down the attackers.

In another incident, unidentified armed men shot a man dead in Kattan area of Khuzdar district. The deceased is said to be a prayer leader of a local mosque.