Blast kills three people in SW Pakistan

ISLAMABAD, Around three people were killed and over a dozen others injured in an explosion that rocked Pakistan’s southwestern Balochistan province on Saturday, said officials.

At least three people lost their lives, including a leader of religious political party Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F), in an explosion that struck Taj Road in Chaman area of Balochistan’s Qilla Abdullah District, District Administrative Head and Assistant Commissioner Yasir Dashti confirmed.

The bomb was an improvised explosive device (IED) which was planted in a motorcycle parked on the roadside. The blast initially left Maulana Muhammad Hanif, a central leader of the JUI-F, critically injured. He eventually succumbed to his injuries on his way to the hospital.

The other wounded victims were shifted to the nearest government run medical facility in Chaman. Security forces cordoned off the area with an investigation under way.

The security has been beefed up in Chaman, sharing border with Afghanistan’s volatile Kandahar province, on Saturday following presidential vote being held across the border in Afghanistan. No group immediately claimed responsibility for the blast.

Earlier in 2014, JUI-F chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman had survived a suicide attack in provincial capital Quetta when he was returning after addressing a public meeting.

Maulana Fazlur Rehman strongly condemned the Chaman incident, saying “I am deeply grieved by his death,” adding that Hanif was a sincere leader and that such a heinous attack is part of plot to destabilize the country.

Source: Kuwait News Agency