The outlawed Baloch Liberation Army (BLA) has claimed the responsibility of two different attacks in Quetta, leaving two dead and 23 injured.
In the first incident, an improvised explosive device (IED) targeted a police van near Serena Hotel. Two policemen were martyred in the attack while 21 others remained injured, including 12 cops.
According to the details, the bomb was planted in a motorcycle. Later in a separate incident, a hand grenade attack took place at Saryab Road, targeting a flag stall amid the celebrations of 74th Independence Day.
Sources confirmed that at least two people had sustained injuries in the second attack.
The martyred police officials were identified as Sepoy Niaz Ahmed resident of Sibbi and Ali Akbar resident of Dera Bugti.
While condemning the attack on policemen, Balochistan government spokesperson Liaquat Shahwani said that the terrorists want to dismantle the peaceful atmosphere in Balochistan as quoted by Express Tribune.
He added that those who were involved would be taken to task. Balochistan Chief Minister also condemned the attack on the police and sought a report while ordering the best possible health facilities to the victims of the blast.
Responding to the development, Interior Minister Sheikh Rasheed expressed his condolences to the families of the martyred policemen and prayed for the speedy recovery of the injured.
“The Centre will provide full support to the government of Balochistan to maintain the law and order [….] cowardly acts of terrorism cannot demoralise our forces ,” the minister said in a statement.
The leaders of opposition parties also condemned the attack on policemen.
Chairman of Pakistan Peoples Party Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari said: “The government must stop appeasing terrorists and implement the National Action Plan.”
Responding to Bilawal, Federal Minister Fawad Chaudhry asked: “What about sponsors of Terroism in Pakistan ? The Modi Govt…. why you guys get shy when it comes to condemnation of sponsors of Terrorism in Pakistan?”
Taking it to Twitter, Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) President Shehbaz Sharif said he strongly condemned the blast in Quetta.
“As internal security challenges become aggravated, it is time to reinvigorate the focus on National Action Plan. The document contained will of the whole nation & can cater to emergent threats to national security,” he added.