Blast in Quetta Injures Two More FC Security Forces

Blast in Quetta Injures Two More FC Security Forces
Two Frontier Corps (FC) personnel were injured on Sarib Road in Quetta when a bomb was detonated on the side of the road.

According to a report from Dawn, the two personnel were on a routine patrol of a village when a roadside bomb, hidden in a parked motorcycle, was detonated remotely.

Following the blast, the injured officials were taken to the FC hospital, while dozens of security personnel scoured the site, along with a bomb disposal squad.  The area was cordoned off during the security and search operation.

In recent weeks, militant attacks in Balochistan have multiplied, with some experts linking the rise in violence to the Taliban takeover in Afghanistan.  An anonymous senior official told the Tribune that while the Pakistani government focused on the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), the Afghan Taliban went ahead and expelled many of the Baloch groups which had been hiding out in Afghanistan.

Yesterday, the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) had announced the completion of clearing operations in Balochistan after security forces in Panjgur and Naushki came under attack by militants of the banned Baloch Liberation Army (BLA) last week. Heavily armed militants had targeted camps used by security forces in these areas.

As many as twenty terrorists were killed in the military’s operations and nine armed forces personnel were martyred. The Commandant Frontier Corps (FC) Balochistan said on Sunday that terrorists involved in the attacks in Panjgur and Naushki were in ‘direct contact with their handlers in Afghanistan.’