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Two killed in blast near Afghan border


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QUETTA, July 11: Two people were killed and four Frontier Corps personnel injured when a bomb exploded near the Friendship Gate on the Pak-Afghan border near Chaman on Thursday.

Official sources said that the explosives were in a refrigerator loaded on a cart pulled by a boy. When the cart being brought from Afghanistan crossed in Pakistan the refrigerator blew up during checking by FC personnel.

Rescue personnel rushed to the site and took the bodies and the injured to hospital. Besides the FC men five passers-by also suffered injuries.

Dr Akhtar of the Chaman Civil Hospital said two bodies and five injured had been brought to the hospital. Some of the seriously injured were later referred to a hospital in Quetta.

After the blast law-enforcement personnel cordoned off the area and the Friendship Gate was closed for an indefinite period.

On July 5, 11 people, including seven members of the Afghan border force, were killed and 12 others injured when a suicide bomber struck on the Afghan side of the Friendship Gate. Afghan police commander Akhtar Mohammad was among the dead.

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