QUETTA: A man blew himself up in a failed suicide bombing on Saturday in Pakistan’s southwest, where a recent surge in sectarian unrest has killed dozens of Shia Muslims.
The bomber’s explosives went off as he was heading to a target in the Shia dominated town of Hazara, on the outskirts of Quetta, the capital of oil and gas-rich Balochistan, police said.
The insurgency-hit province borders Iran and Afghanistan.
“It was a failed suicide attack, the bomber was heading to a Shia population area in Hazara town,” Hamid Shakeel, a senior police officer, told AFP.
“A Shia mosque is also located in the area. Apparently Shias were the target but the explosive went off before time.”
Bomb blast kills two in TurbatDawn.com
QUETTA: Two security officials were killed and two were injured in a remote-controlled bomb blast in Balochistan’s Turbat city on Wednesday, DawnNews reported.
According to official sources, FC personnel were on a round when a bomb blast took place. As a result, four security officials were badly injured. They were shifted to a hospital where two of them succumbed to their injuries.
The police then cordoned off the area and started a search operation.
Separately, five people who were abducted on Tuesday from a bus near the area of Mach were rescued by security officials during a search operation. One of the persons abducted remains in the custody of the kidnappers.
Seven hurt in Peshawar bomb attack
PESHAWAR: Seven people were wounded when a bomb exploded alongside the car of an influential tribal elder on the outskirts of Pakistan’s northwestern city of Peshawar on Wednesday, police said.
At least 10 other cars parked near a police check post were badly damaged in the blast and tribal elder Malik Taj wounded, police officer Rahim Shah said.
“It seems the target was Malik Taj,” police officer Tahir Ayub told AFP.
“The bomb was apparently planted in a car which was totally destroyed,” Shah told AFP from the scene.
“Seven people have been injured, including Taj,” he added.
Taj is an important businessman in Khyber, part of Pakistan’s tribal belt, which straddles a key Nato supply route into neighbouring Afghanistan.
He owns a shopping plaza in the nearby Karkhano market and runs bus terminals in the area, residents said.