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Pakistan: Blast near Quetta mosque kills four policemen

Just Earth News | @justearthnews | 14 May 2019 Print

Pakistan: Blast near Quetta mosque kills four policemen

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Quetta: A blast rocked near a mosque in Quetta's Satellite Town area in Pakistan on Monday and left at least four people killed and 12 others injured, media reports said.

The blast took place shortly after a police van arrived at the site to provide security to the people offering taraveeh prayers at the mosque, officials told Dawn News.

The deceased included four policemen.

“The police vehicle carrying personnel for mosque security was targeted in the blast in which our four personnel of Rapid Response Group (RRG) lost their lives, while the condition of another was stated to be serious,” said Quetta DIG Razzaq Cheema while speaking to Dawn News.

The officer told Dawn News that an improvised explosive device planted in a motorcycle went off close to the police van. 

Sources told the newspaper that unidentified people parked the explosive-laden motorbike near the mosque in Satellite Town area and detonated it by remote control when the police van arrived there. 

Police rushed to the spot after the blast.

The injured people were taken to Civil Hospital Quetta.

The banned Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan has claimed responsibility for the attack.

This is the second major attack in the area in three days.

On Saturday, terrorists had attacked a luxury hotel in Gwadar area.