4 cops among 13 injured in Quetta blast

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QUETTA, Aug 11 (APP): At least 13 people including four police personnel were injured when a remote-controlled bomb blast hit them on Zarghoon road, here on Thursday, Home Minister, Mir Sarfaraz Bugti confirmed.
The Home Minister said that vehicles of a judge and police were passing through the area when a bomb planted on roadside was detonated by a remote control which hit the police vehicle. “The police vehicle was targeted in the blast,” he said, adding that three to four kg explosives were used in the explosion, he said.
Minister Bugti said that the militants wanted to damage Pakistan Independence Day celebrations and added that their nefarious designs would be foiled.
The police sources said that unknown armed men planted remotely-controlled Improvised Explosive Device (IED) on roadside near Sariab Bridge on Zarghoon road and detonated it when the vehicle of a police escorting a judge’s vehicle was passing by.
“Resultantly, seven people among them five police personnel and two passersby suffered injuries,” they said.
The rescue teams rushed to the scene and shifted the injured to Civil hospital. The blast damaged two vehicles and windowpanes of nearby buildings were smashed.
The injured police personnel were identified as Nadim, Asmat, Imdad and Farooq. The civilian wounded were recognized as Nasir, Abdul Ali, Muhammad Ramazan, Muhammad Nasir, Muhammad Ismail, Ahmed Shah, Yousuf and Ajab Gul.
The law enforcement agencies including the Frontier Corps and Police have cordoned off the entire area to trace the suspects. Further probe was underway.