35 injured as grenade attacks rock Quetta, Gwadar

QUETTA: Thirty-five people were injured in two grenade attacks in Mastung and Gwadar in Balochistan on Thursday evening, according to a private TV channel.

Men on a motorcycle hurled a grenade near a mobile market at Safar Khan Chowk in Mastung, injuring 15 people, police inspector Abdul Quddus said. The injured were shifted to the District Headquarters Hospital Mastung. Later in the evening, at least 20 people were injured when miscreants lobbed a grenade at Al-Zubair Hotel on airport road in Gwadar. Most of the injured were labourers from Sindh who were having their dinner when the attack took place. The assailants sped away on their motorcycles, police said. The injured were shifted to DHQ hospital in Gwadar.

Balochistan Chief Minister Sanaullah Zehri condemned the incident and asked the authorities to submit a report on the incidents. A day earlier, at least seven police personnel were killed and 24 others injured when a powerful bomb went off near their vehicle in Sariab Mill area of Quetta.

The 35-strong contingent of elite policemen had been recently assigned patrol of various sensitive areas and were on their way to work on the Quetta-Sibi road when the explosion took place, Balochistan Home Minister Mir Sarfraz Bugti had said. The Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan had claimed responsibility for the attack.

Published in Daily Times, October 20th 2017.