Quetta blast

January 10, 2018

Four police personnel were among five people martyred while a dozen others injured in a blast some 300 metres from Balochistan Assembly, Quetta on Tuesday. According to initial reports, a suicide bomber targeted a Balochistan Constabulary truck at GPO Chowk near the Zarghon road.

It seems that security personnel were the main target of the attack; they were present in large numbers near the site of the blast as a very vital session of the Balochistan Assembly was attended by almost all its members. The incident comes as the provincial assembly was set to bring in a no-confidence motion against Sanaullah Zehri.

This is not the first time that security personnel are targeted in the city; in last few months many high officials of police have become victims of terrorist attacks. It has been witnessed that security personnel in the province often being targeted in roadside explosions and suicide attacks.

Last year in June, 14 people, including seven policemen lost their lives in a suicide blast that shook Shuhada Chowk in Quetta’s Gulistan Road area. Police superintendent Mubarak Shah Achakzai was gunned down along with three police guards shortly after leaving for work on July 14. Fifteen people, including eight soldiers, were martyred when a suicide bomber targeted a military truck in August last year.

Despite efforts of law enforcement agencies to eliminate terrorists from the province, it is still a fact that Balochistan is facing number of security challenges. It is a big cause of concern that area of Zargoon road where several important government buildings are located is on the hit list of terrorists. Less than a month before, nine members of the Christian community lost their lives and 56 suffered injuries in a terrorist attack on a Church that was also located on Zarghoon Road.

Recent attacks on police officers reflect the fact that militants are still capable of carrying out attacks in the city. Attacks also suggest that militants are probably working on a strategy to target police and other law enforcers. After terrorist activities, usually terrorist go in hiding and then again plan another heinous activity. In such a scenario, more preemptive operations based on intelligence required that militants can be eliminated before they could succeed in planning any terrorist activity. Continued terrorist attacks have proved that war against terrorism is far from over and more efforts are required to root out this menace.

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