Deadly Blast Strikes Truck Full of Police in Pakistan ; More Than a Dozen Killed by Bomb in Turbulent Baluchistan Province

By Masood, Salman | International Herald Tribune, May 24, 2013 | Go to article overview

Deadly Blast Strikes Truck Full of Police in Pakistan ; More Than a Dozen Killed by Bomb in Turbulent Baluchistan Province


Masood, Salman, International Herald Tribune


The remote-controlled bomb ripped through a police truck in Baluchistan Province, a violence-racked area that has witnessed both sectarian and nationalist separatist violence.

At least 13 police officers were killed when a powerful remote- controlled bomb ripped through a police truck Thursday morning in southwestern Pakistan, officials said. At least 17 others were wounded in the blast.

The attack shortly after 8 a.m. on the outer edges of Quetta, the provincial capital of Baluchistan, killed members of the rapid response force of the Baluchistan Constabulary, a reserve police unit. Their truck was headed to a government building when a roadside bomb, believed to contain at least 90 kilograms, or about 200 pounds, of explosives, went off, according to police officials.

The police cordoned off the site after the attack as the wounded were ferried to Civil Hospital for treatment. Local television news networks broadcast images of a mangled and charred truck, with the wreckage of a rickshaw strewn nearby.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility. …

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