At least five people, including three personnel of Frontier Corps (FC) and two of Tribal Peace Force (TPF), were reportedly killed and nine others wounded in a remote controlled bomb attack in Dera Bugti district on Tuesday.
As per reports reaching here, personnel of Frontier Corps and Tribal Peace Force were escorting some engineers and were passing from Jano Beri area of Dera Bugti when explosives planted along the road exploded soon after the convoy passed by. As a result, three personnel of Frontier Corps and two personnel of TPF were killed and nine others, including engineers, sustained serious wounds, they added.
The deceased and injured were moved to nearby hospital where condition of some injured was stated to be critical. ?Some local and Chinese engineers were also among injured,? sources said.
However, when contacted, Deputy Commissioner Naseerabad Shoib Jadoon said some officials of Chinese companies and local employees escorted by FC were on their way, when the FC vehicle hit a land mine in Gopat area near Sui resulting in damaging of vehicle with no casualty.
?Chinese engineers remained unhurt as their vehicle was away from blast site,? he added.
Frontier Corps spokesman, rejecting the attack, said no Chinese engineers were working in Pat Feeder area of Sui.
?Reports regarding attack on FC vehicle are completely baseless,? he added.
Law enforcement agencies rushed to the site and cordoned off the area to trace the suspects out. No group has claimed responsibility for the attack so far.
In another incident, explosives planted at Sariab Road, Quetta went off with a big bang.
Police said unidentified people had planted explosives with a shop near Sariab Mill which exploded and smashed windowpanes of nearby building. However, no loss of life occurred in the blast.
Police and personnel of bomb disposal squad rushed to the blast site and cordoned off the area. ?1.5 kilogram explosives were used in the blast,? BDS officials said.
Police have registered a case and started investigation into the incident.
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