QUETTA - At least three people were killed and over 20 others wounded in two remote-controlled bomb blasts in Chaman and Manstung on Wednesday.
In the first incident, unidentified people planted explosives on a motorcycle and parked it close to Chaman Railway Station’s platform. The explosives went off with a huge blast, killing two people instantly and injuring 18 others.
Chaman District Police Officer (DPO) Muhamamd Atif Ikram confirmed that two people were killed and 18 others sustained injuries. “It was a remote-controlled blast and explosive materials had been planted on a motorcycle parked near Chaman Railway Station’s platform,” he said, adding the blast occurred just before the departure of the train. Police and rescue workers rushed to the site after the incident and shifted the injured to hospital for medical aid. The train, however, remained safe.
Chaman, a border town nearAfghanistan, has been witnessing bomb blasts for several years. No group claimed responsibility for Wednesday’s bomb blast.
In the second blast, one person was killed and two others were wounded in a remote-controlled bomb blast in Mastung, some 60 kilometers from Queta.
Levies sources said the explosives were planted on roadside on theNational Highwayin the Kadkocha area of Mastung district, which exploded as a vehicle ofNational Highwaypolice passed by. As a result, two personnel of NHA police, ASI Muhammad Ramzan, Head Constable Abdul Latif and a passerby, Ghulam Qadir Shahwani who was riding a motorbike, received serious wounds. The injured were being shifted to hospital when Ghulam Qadir succumbed to his injuries.
Levies officials said the explosives the NHA police vehicle was the main target of the remote-controlled blast.