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Four dead, 26 wounded in suicide bombing in southwestern Pakistan

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Quetta Civil Hospital

– Four people, including a policeman, were killed and 26 others wounded in a suicide attack in Quetta, capital of Pakistan‘s southwestern Balochistan province, on Wednesday, the provincial health department said.

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The other dead, including two children and their mother, and the injured were taken to Quetta Civil Hospital, said the health department’s media coordinator, Waseem Baig.

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Earlier, in a conversation with Quetta Police Deputy Inspector General (DIG) Ghulam Azfar Mahesar, he said a suicide bomber blew up his explosives-laden rickshaw near a police truck in the Baleli area of ​​Quetta.

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The explosion brought down the vehicle and pushed it into a ditch on the side of the road, it added.

The targeted police officers were on their way to perform security tasks for polio teams deployed throughout the city to inoculate children with vaccines.

The official added that the initial investigation found that around 25 kg of explosives were used in the explosion.

Police and security forces have cordoned off the area and have launched a search operation in the area.

Local media reports said the outlawed Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) had claimed responsibility for the attack.

The blast came after the militant group announced the termination of a ceasefire agreement with the Pakistani government, threatening to launch attacks across the country. ■

(Xinhua)

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