A suicide attack on a Balochistan Constabulary van in Bolan resulted in the deaths of eight policemen and one civilian while leaving 13 others injured, according to Interior Minister Rana Sanaullah.
The blast occurred on the Kambri Bridge in the area between the Sibi and Kachhi districts at 10 am on Monday. The police van was returning from Dhadar, where the Balochistan Constabulary personnel had been posted for duty at a Sibi cultural festival.
“The van collided with a motorcycle which was being driven by a suicide bomber. As a result, nine people were martyred, of which one was a civilian,” Sanaullah said.
The injured people were flown to Quetta immediately and the federal government is coordinating with the Balochistan government regarding compensation for the families of those who were martyred, as well as a medical treatment for the wounded. Three out of the thirteen injured people are in critical condition.
“We fear the death toll will increase to double digits”, warned the interior minister.
No organization has yet claimed responsibility for the attack, and bomb disposal squads and security personnel have arrived at the blast site to collect evidence. Emergency measures have been imposed at hospitals across Quetta.
Rana Sanaullah stated that law enforcement agencies, including the police and counter-terrorism departments, are working in synergy to eliminate terrorism from the country. He also assured the public that despite austerity measures being employed everywhere, no cuts have been made in the resources being provided to law enforcement agencies to maintain peace. He expressed his belief that with the resolute resolve of the nation, this new wave of terrorism will soon be controlled.
The Balochistan Constabulary is a department of the provincial police force that provides security at important events and in sensitive areas, including jails.
The attack is a sobering reminder of the ongoing security challenges in Balochistan.
Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif expressed his grief over the incident and praised the bravery of the policemen who lost their lives. He stated that the acts of terrorism in Balochistan are part of a malicious plot to destabilize the country and pledged to eliminate terrorism from the nation.
In a subsequent tweet, he honored the memory of the martyred policemen in Bolan as “heroes of the nation” and extended his condolences to the bereaved.
Balochistan Chief Minister Mir Abdul Qudoos Bizenjo also condemned the attack and expressed sorrow at the number of casualties.
According to him, the cowardly actions of terrorist elements were aimed at achieving their nefarious goals. He stated that these elements were plotting to keep Balochistan underdeveloped by fomenting unrest and instability in the province.
“All such conspiracies will be made unsuccessful with the public’s support,” the chief minister vowed in a statement.
Rana Sanaullah also expressed profound sadness and sorrow at the loss of valuable lives in the attack. He honored the martyrs and requested a report from the relevant authorities about the incident.