3 Killed, 25 Wounded In Pakistan Bombing

A bomb targeting security forces killed three people and wounded 25 others in Pakistan’s southwest, officials said.

The bomb, which was rigged to a bicycle, exploded near a group of soldiers and police patrolling in a vehicle in Quetta, capital of Balochistan province.

“At least three people including two policemen were killed and 25 others wounded in the blast,” Samiullah Soomro, a senior local police official, told AFP news agency.

He said eight of the wounded, including six policemen and two Frontier Constabulary officials, were in a critical condition.

Zahid bin Maqsood, a senior local administration official, also confirmed the incident and casualties.

No one has claimed responsibility for the attack.

Elsewhere, in the northwestern bordering town of Torkham, a suicide bomber blew himself up in the halls of customs offices on Thursday, wounding 17 people, officials said.

Balochistan has been badly hit by a decade-long Baluch separatist insurgency and sectarian violence mainly targeting Shia Muslims from the Hazara ethnic community.

Local senior administration official in Landi Kotal, Tayyab Abdullah, said that authorities took possession of the body parts of the bomber after the attack.

He said that the impact of the explosion caused the roof of the hall to collapse.