QUETTA - A bomb targeting an anti-terrorism judge killed an 11-year-old boy and injured 32 others on Double Road here Tuesday.
ATC judge Nazir Ahmed was unhurt in the attack. However, his two security guards were among the injured. Four cops were also wounded in the attack.
Talking to media, Capital City Police officer Quetta Abdul Razzaq Cheema said, “The apparent target was ATC-I Quetta judge and a teenage boy was killed and over 31 wounded. The dead body was a vender and identified as Aitezaz.
According to Bomb Disposal Squad (BDS), around 50 kilograms of explosives were used in the explosion. “The IED was fitted to a car parked beside the road. The car gutted in the blast,” an official of BDS said. Windowpanes of several buildings and shops shattered due to the impact of the blast.
Police have said that the explosive-laden car was parked near the spare parts shops on Double Road. It was detonated through a remote control when the convoy of ATC judge passed by the area at 9:00am.
The explosion shook the area damaging more than ten vehicles parked on the road. The vehicle of ATC judge was also partially damaged. Shalkot Police Station Deputy Superintendent Police Shafqat Janjua was also passing by the area and sustained minor injuries.
In a drive-by shooting, a provincial government official, four children and a woman were killed in Bolan district, 170 kilometres (105 miles) southeast of Quetta, local administration official Kamran Raeesani told AFP.
No group immediately claimed responsibility for the attack but incidents of drive-by shooting mostly targeting Shiites and government officials are quite common in the province.
Resource-rich Balochistan is home to a long-running separatist conflict that was revived in 2004, with nationalists seeking to stop what they see as the exploitation of the region’s natural resources and alleged rights abuses. The province has also been the focus of a rising tide of sectarian violence mainly targeting Shiite Muslim minority group, as well as Islamist violence.