LARKANA - A Rangers official was killed and 14 others injured in twin remote-controlled blasts targeting patrolling vehicle of paramilitary force here at Miro Khan Road on Saturday morning.

Five Rangers officials and nine passersby were among 14 injured.

According to police and Rangers sources, two time devices, planted on a bicycle parked alongside a road and other into garbage, were blown up by the militants when a patrolling vehicle of the Rangers was passing through the Miro Khan Road near Rangers Headquarters in Larkana.

At least six Rangers officials were injured in the explosions. The injured were shifted to Chandeka Medical College Hospital. Later, one Rangers official succumbed to his injuries at hospital.

The police and Rangers rushed to the blast site and cordoned off the area. The Rangers carried out a search operation in the area and arrested two suspects who were shifted to undisclosed location for investigation.

The deceased Rangers official was identified as Shahid Hussain Siyal, a resident of Village Pathan of tehsil Bakrani district Larkana.

According to preliminary investigations, two time devices were used in the incident, which were detonated by remote-control at 8:20 am.

Injured Rangers were identified as soldier Rashid, Ghulam Nabi, Bilawal, Salman and Sartaj while nine other passersby included Haji Liaquat Khoso, Zulifqar Bhatti,Nazir Chandio, Abdullah Chandio, Nawab Dero, Anwar Chandio, Ghulam Sarwar Chandio and Abdul Khaliq Narejo. Condition of some injured were stated to be critical.

Sindh CM Murad Ali Shah, taking notice of Larkana incident, sought a report into the incident and directed DIG Larkana Abdullah Shaikh to arrest the culprits. The DIG has formed a 4-member investigation team comprising SP Special Branch Larkana, SSP Shikarpur and SSP Kamber to probe into the incident.

DG Rangers Bilal Akbar reached at Larkana and visited the Chandk Medical College Hospital Larkana and inquired the health of injured soldiers and other people. He later visited place of the incident and received briefing from Rangers officers.

Talking to journalists after attending the funeral prayers of martyred soldier, the DG Rangers ruled out involvement of local elements.

He said Rangers had full support of federal and provincial governments.

Bilal said terrorist will be chased and hunted in every part of the country. The attack could be an attempt to sabotage China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) project, he added.