15 people, including four policemen, were killed and around a dozen injured after police attempted to stop the car of a suspected suicide bomber from targeting its offices on Gulistan Road early Friday.
Around 12 injured persons, along with the bodies, were shifted to Civil Hospital, according to hospital officials. Of the injured, nine are said to be policemen.
Talking to Geo News, Balochistan government spokesperson Anwarul Haq Kakar said, the suspected bomber, likely travelling in a 1986 Toyota Corolla, tried to break a security perimeter to target the police offices but blew up after policemen standing guard attempted to stop him.
Kakar said India is using terror as a tool against the people of Pakistan, adding that India is playing an extremely irresponsible role in Balochistan.
Security officials also confirmed that the blast was the result of a vehicle-borne improvised explosive device which exploded after the ‘suspicious’ driver was spotted by policemen.
Addressing the media earlier, DIG Quetta Abdul Razzaq Cheema confirmed that at least one policeman has lost his life in the incident but could not reveal his identity.
He added that they are examining CCTV footage to determine further details about the incident.
Security forces have cordoned off the site of the blast and are investigating after rescue services shifted the injured and deceased to hospital. Officials said body parts of the suspected bomber, strewn across the site of the blast, are being collected along with other evidence for forensic examination.
Pakistani police inspect the site of a powerful explosion that targeted a police vehicle in Quetta on June 23, 2017. Photo: AFP