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Two dead, 10 others injured in Quetta blast targeting police vehicle

Updated September 13, 2016

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Site of the attack, the damaged security forces vehicle can be seen in the background. -DawnNews
Site of the attack, the damaged security forces vehicle can be seen in the background. -DawnNews

QUETTA: At least two police officials were killed and 10 other people were injured in a blast near a police training centre on Quetta's Sariab road on Tuesday as the nation celebrates Eidul Azha.

Militants were targeting a police patrol vehicle in the area, police sources said.

The banned Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) claimed responsibility for the attack in an email sent by the group's spokesman Muhammad Khorasani.

The explosion left two security officials dead and 10 others injured, security sources added. Five of the injured are security officials.

Bomb Disposal Squad officials said the Improvised Explosive Device (IED) was remotely detonated, and contained two to three kilograms of explosives.

Paramedics reached the site of the attack and rushed the injured to Civil Hospital Quetta for treatment.

Security has been beefed up in the area after the blast. A cordon has also been established around the area to start initial forensic investigation and to control movement.

Sariab road is considered to be one of the sensitive areas of Quetta. Militants have been targeting security forces in the area for almost a decade.