Friday Jul 20 2018

At least four injured in explosion on Chaman's Mall Road

CHAMAN: At least four including a child were injured after an explosion took place on Chaman's Mall Road on Friday afternoon. 

Between five and six kilograms of explosives fitted in a parked motorcycle were detonated through a remote control, the police told Geo News

According to the police, a vehicle belonging to law enforcement agencies was targetted in the incident. The vehicle, along with other private cars, were damaged after the explosion took place. 

The injured, two of whom are reported critical, were shifted to the Civil Hospital for medical treatment. 

Internet services were suspended an hour before the incident took place after law enforcement agencies received information about a security threat.  

The broken windscreen of a car following the explosion can be seen in this picture taken on July 20, 2018, in Chaman. Photo: Geo News screen grab   

The Mall Road is a busy road with important offices located in the vicinity including the police's Special Branch office, the City Police Station, a Frontier Corps check post. The additional deputy commissioner - revenue also resides in the same locality.  

Public property — including over ten shops — was partially destroyed in the incident. 

Security forces have cordoned off the area and investigations into the incident are under way.  

The incident comes amid fast-approaching polls, due to be held on July 25.   

A spate of terrorist attacks has taken place in the current month. On July 10, a bomb targeted a rally by the Awami National Party (ANP) in Peshawar, martyring local party leader Haroon Bilour along with 21 others. 

An attack on a Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) convoy in Bannu on July 13 followed the tragic Peshawar incident. The Bannu incident claimed lives of at least four people, while 10 others were injured in the explosion.

Later the same day, in what was one of the deadliest terrorist attacks in the country's history, Balochistan Awami Party (BAP) candidate Nawab Siraj Raisani along with 131 others was martyred when a suicide bomber blew himself up during an election rally in Mastung's Darengarh area. 

A week after the Mastung blast, on July 16, ANP leader Daud Khan Achakzai was injured after unknown persons opened fire on the guest house of the party's candidate Zmrak Khan Achakzai in Chaman.