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Blast in Chaman kills one, wounds 8

Updated February 24, 2015

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View after a bomb blast in Chaman. — PPI/File
View after a bomb blast in Chaman. — PPI/File

QUETTA: At least one person was killed and seven others injured in an explosion on the Mall Road area of Balochistan's Chaman district on Tuesday.

Explosives planted on a bicycle detonated with a huge bang wounding eight passersby.

The intensity of the blast destroyed four vehicles situated in the vicinity and also damaged more than a dozen shops. Windowpanes of nearby buildings also shattered due to the blast.

Security and rescue teams rushed to the blast site and rescue personnel shifted the victims to District Headquarters Hospital Chaman. One of the victims succumbed to his wounds while receiving medical treatment.

FC and police personnel cordoned off the area as a probe into the incident went under way.

No group immediately claimed responsibility for the bombing.

The blast comes two days after an explosion in Chaman killed a child and wounded nine others.

Read: Child killed, 9 injured in Chaman blast

Chaman is a small town in the southwestern province of Balochistan and is one of the two main crossing points for supplies to American and Nato troops fighting the Taliban in Afghanistan.

Militants have recently intensified attacks against security forces and national installations in Balochistan, a province plagued by an insurgency and growing sectarian killings.

FC soldier killed in mine blast

A Frontier Corps (FC) lance naik was killed in a mine blast in Marwa area situated in the outskirts of Quetta.

A FC spokesperson told Dawn that a mine-sweeping team was buy in clearing Marwa area when it struck a mine planted on the roadside.

The explosion killed one FC trooper.