A suicide bomber targeted a police truck in the city of Quetta, injuring at least 28 people, officials told media
A suicide bomber targeted a police truck in the southwestern Pakistani city of Quetta, multiple media reported. Wednesday’s attack left three dead and dozens injured, police told Reuters.
According to AFP, citing senior local police officer Azhar Mehesar, the police were preparing to accompany a team of polio vaccinators when the terrorist struck.
Mehesar is quoted as saying that a “policeman, a woman and a childare among the victims.
Reuters, citing another local officer, reported that at least 15 of the injured are police officers. He revealed that the explosion had “targeted a patrol.”
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A local Taliban faction, Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), texted Reuters claiming responsibility for the blast.
It came after the group ended a months-long ceasefire with the Pakistani government on Monday and threatened further attacks.
Founded in 2007, the TTP has an ideology identical to the Afghan Taliban. The group’s goal is to overthrow the government and establish Sharia in Pakistan. Its militants, many of whom are based across the border in Afghanistan, are behind many deadly terrorist attacks in the country.
Quetta is the capital of Pakistan’s largest province, Balochistan, and lies about 120 kilometers (75 miles) from the country’s border with Afghanistan.
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