One killed as blast targets FC vehicle in SW Pakistan

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One Frontier Corps (FC) man was killed and another injured in a bomb explosion in south western Balochistan province’s Bolan district on Saturday, official said.

Khan Wasey, a spokesman for the FC, told media that a security forces’ vehicle was on routine patrolling when it was attacked in Bolan’s Dhadar area in the morning.

ˈA loud and powerful explosion was heard in the area. It appeared to be a remote-controlled blast,” Wasey said.

He said two FC personnel inside the vehicle were seriously wounded as a result.

Subsequently, one of the two wounded succumbed to his injuries on way to a hospital.

The bomb also damaged the security forces’ vehicle.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack.

However, Wasey said he suspected that the attack was the work of Baloch separatists operating in the area.

Bolan is considered to be among the sensitive districts of the southwestern province where separatist militants have been targeting power pylons, gas pipelines and other vital installations.

Meanwhile a low intensity bomb blast on early hours of Saturday occurred outside the residence of Nasim Afridi, the head of Pakistan Tehrik-i- Insaf (PTI) Jarma chapter, in north western city of Kohat.

According to Station House Officer (SHO) Jarma, Gul Janan Khan, a mortar bomb was planted outside the PTI leader’s house which exploded with a loud bang.

No loss of life, however, was reported in the incident.

The blast caused partial damage to the main gate of the house.

After the incident, heavy contingent of police reached the spot and cordoned off the area.

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