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Suicide bombing at protest rally kills 8 in Pakistan

Three cops among those killed in explosion near Quetta Press Club, at least 21 others injured. Sketched by the Pan Pacific Agency.

Pan Pacific Agency | COMMUICATION AGENCY FOR PACIFICA REGIONS

QUETTA, Feb 18, 2020, Pakistan Today. Three policemen were among eight persons killed in a suicide bombing during a protest rally near the Quetta Press Club on Monday, Pakistan Today reported.

According to Quetta Deputy Inspector General Abdul Razzaq Cheema, 21 others have also been injured in the incident. The senior police official said that a suicide bomber detonated his explosives near a police vehicle providing security to workers of a religious party who were holding a demonstration near the press club.

Several vehicles parked in the vicinity were also damaged due to the impact of the blast.

Balochistan Chief Minister Jam Kamal Khan directed the IGP to submit a report within the next 24 hours.

Taking notice of the incident, Prime Minister Imran Khan grieved the loss of human lives in the blast. He directed the authorities concerned to provide the best medical treatment to the injured.

Balochistan Governor Amanullah Khan Yasinzai also condemned the blast and said: “Such a cowardly attack can’t weaken the morale of the nation and the security forces.”

In a statement, the governor maintained that “measures should be taken to foil the nefarious designs of militants”, adding that law enforcement agencies should take stern action against such elements.

“Foolproof security measures should be ensured across the province for the protection of the masses.” He directed the provincial health department to provide the best possible medical facilities to the injured victims, and also prayed for their recovery.

On Jan 10, a suicide bombing inside a mosque in Quetta’s Satellite Town area during Friday evening prayers had claimed 15 lives and left 19 people injured.

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