3 policemen killed in SW Pakistan's explosion

Quetta Police Targeted by Pakistani Taliban Suicide Bomber

A loud explosion was heard in Quetta on Tuesday near the Balochistan Assembly building.

Five to six terrorists had stormed into the police training centre at Sariyab Road and targeted at least 60 security officials after taking them hostage under the cover of aerial fire. Eyewitnesses say firing was also heard in the area following the blast.

Police said that the injured people include policemen and civilians, and the nature of the blast has not been determined yet.

Doctors and rescue workers said the victims were mostly police personnel and several of those injured were in "critical condition".

The injured and dead have been shifted to the Civil Hospital Quetta.

The suspected suicide blast took place near the Balochistan Assembly building where a large number of security personnel were present at the time of the attack.

According to sources, a suicide bomber riding a motorcycle detonated his explosives at the check-point after failing to reach Balochistan Assembly. The local authorities have also declared emergency at hospitals across the city. 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.

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