A roadside bomb concentrating on a police car in risky southwestern Pakistan on Monday killed at the very least 4 individuals and wounded 15 others, largely civilian pedestrians, a authorities spokesperson mentioned.
The assault occurred in Quetta, the capital of Baluchistan province, mentioned Babar Yousafzai, a spokesman for the provincial authorities. He mentioned the useless included two officers and two civilians.
Nobody instantly claimed accountability for the assault, however suspicion fell on the Pakistani Taliban, who’ve stepped up assaults throughout the nation since November once they ended a monthslong cease-fire with the federal government.
Pakistan has additionally been battling an insurgency in Baluchistan for greater than a decade, with separatists within the province demanding full autonomy or a bigger share of the province’s fuel and mineral assets.
In an announcement, provincial chief minister Abdul Qudoos Bizenjo condemned the assault and ordered authorities to supply the absolute best medical care to the wounded.
The Pakistani Taliban, who’re referred to as Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan, have claimed earlier such assaults in Baluchistan and elsewhere. The militant group is separate from, however allied with, the Afghan Taliban.
The most recent assault comes a day after the TTP shot and killed two police officers in Quetta. One of many assailants was additionally killed when police returned fireplace after coming underneath assault within the metropolis Sunday night time.