According to police, six policemen and a passerby were killed and 22 injured when a bomb ripped through a police truck in Pakistan's southwestern city of Quetta on Wednesday morning. Security forces have cordoned the area off. Nature of the explosion is not determined yet.
The Pakistani Taliban claimed responsibility for the vehicle bombing, which took place in the Saryab Road area of Quetta, the provincial capital of Baluchistan.
At least 40 people were killed in twin blasts in Quetta and northwestern town of Parachinar in June.
Mr. Sarfraz Bugti said that Pakistan will take the war against terrorists and their facilitators to their ultimate conclusion.
Witnesses state that the truck was carrying 30 policemen to duty. According to hospital staff, the condition of seven injured was critical.
Initial investigation suggested that some 50 kilogrammes of explosive was used in the explosion, added police. He further said that Sariab Mill incident will be thoroughly probed and the culprits will be brought to book. He said that following the success of operation Zarbe-Azab now the enemies are making cowardice attacks from Afghanistan.
He prayed for the eternal peace of departed souls and grant of courage to the families to bear this irreparable loss and also directed best medical treatment for the injured and prayed for their swift recovery.
He added, "Terrorists plan their activities from Afghanistan while India's Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) along with Afghanistan's National Directorate of Security (NDS) facilitate the terrorists carrying out their attacks in Pakistan". Terror attacks can not shake our unflinching national resolve against terrorism and extremism, reiterated the premier while paying rich tributes to the police officials who sacrificed their lives in the line of duty.
Security forces are frequently attacked by militants in the province. In recent months, the province has faced a number of security challenges, with security personnel in the province often being targeted in roadside explosions and suicide attacks.
On August 12, at least 15 people, among them eight soldiers, were martyred and 40 others wounded when a suicide bomber targeted a military truck near the Pishin bus stop in Quetta.