Three injured in explosion at shop in Quetta

QUETTA   -    At least three people including a child were injured in blast near a shop at Moti Ram Road area of provincial capital on Thursday. According to police sources, the blast occurred near the shop at Moti Ram Road. As a result, three people including a child sustained injuries. The injured were rushed to civil hospital’s trauma center for medical aid where two of the injured were identified as Nazir Ahmed and Arsalan. After the incident, the shop caught fire. Police personnel along with bomb disposal squad team reached the site and cordoned off the entire area. The fire brigade vehicle was called to extinguish fire. Reportedly, crackers were also present in the affected shop but the nature of the explosion was yet to be ascertained. Balochistan Chief Minister Mir Abdul Quddus Bizenjo on Thursday expressed his resentment over the increasing incidents of terrorism in some areas including Quetta. He said that anti- national elements wanted to create an atmosphere of fear and terror through vandalism and terrorism on Independence Day. The CM said that from the last few years, there has been an increase in the trend of terrorism in August saying that effective security measures in the city were indispensable to deal with the threat of terrorism. He also directed Additional Chief Secretary Home and IG Police to submit a report on security measures saying that the people and the city could not be left at the mercy of terrorists. A very negative impression is being created regarding Balochistan due to on basis of daily blasts in the areas, he said and added that the peace established by the forces and the sacrifices of the people could not be allowed to be destroyed. He also directed that police and other security agencies should ensure the establishment of lasting peace and a fool-proof security plan should be prepared for Quetta. “It is the right of the people to celebrate independence without fear or danger”, he said and added that a peaceful environment should be ensured by taking coordinated and effective action against the terrorist elements. He also condemned the blast at Moti Ram Road and expressed regret over the injuries of three people in the explosion.

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