Balochistan, Pakistan: A bomb attached to a police vehicle went off in Khuzdar city of Balochistan and got two police officers killed at the spot and other two others brutally injured, on Saturday, 25 February 2023, as per the local sources.
According to the police statement, the bomb explosion went off in the nearby area of Jhalawan Complex when the police vehicle was patrolling like any other day.
In addition, “The magnetic bomb was detonated by a remote control which was placed on the vehicle by unknown people, resulting in unfortunate death and injuries of four police officers,” said Senior Superintendent of Khuzdar police, Fahad Khosa.
Following the terror attack, a search operation was launched in the nearby areas of the attacked spot and Khuzdar town to trace the alleged elements in the bomb attack to avoid similar incidents. In his part, the Chief Minister of Balochistan, Mir Abdul Qudoos Bizenjo, criticized the terror attack and gave direct instructions to adopt all measures to trace and arrest the culprits behind the unfortunate incident.
Furthermore, no group has come forward to take responsibility for the bombing so far. However, several attacks have been conducted by terrorist groups such as Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) and Balochistan Liberation Army (BLA), targeting security forces personnel in the province of Balochistan in the past time period.
After the TTP ended its unilateral ceasefire with the Pakistani government in November, the militant group has increased attacks all over Pakistan.
The regions of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Balochistan, in particular, have been most vulnerable to such attacks. Terrorist groups have targeted police officers, army personnel, and Inter-Service Intelligence (ISI) officials in their terror attacks.
Terrorism threats and militancy have unprecedentedly been on the rise in Pakistan since the withdrawal of American armed forces from the Afghanistan region. Many political experts in Pakistan believe that TTP has places for its hideout in the Afghanistan region.
In the end, the Pakistan delegation paid a visit to Kabul under the leadership of Khawaja Asif, the Defence Minister, to discuss concerns over security issues with the authorities in Afghan Taliban to take decisive actions to fight against terrorism between both nations.