QUETTA: Three security personnel were killed and two others inj­ur­ed in a suicide bombing at a check-post at the Quetta-Karachi highway in Mastung on Monday evening.

According to official sources, the suicide bomber blew himself up near the Frontier Corps (FC) Aziz check-post in the Khud-Cocha area of Mastung. “A young man wearing an explosive-laden jacket tried to enter the FC check-post and when he was challenged by security personnel, he blew himself up near the check-post,” security officials said.

“As a result of the explosion, three FC personnel were killed on the spot and two others were injured,” they added.

Soon after the suicide attack, police and FC personnel rushed to the site and cordoned off the area. The bodies and the injured were taken to Ghous Bakhsh Raisani Memorial Hospital.

The deceased were identified as Subedar Munir Jan, Sepoy Ahmed Jan and Pervez Ahmed. Sepoy Nasir and Sepoy Irshad were injured in the blast. Official sources claimed that the suicide bomber wanted to enter the check-post and detonate inside. However, FC personnel deployed at the check-post intercepted him due to which the suicide bomber detonated his explosive-laden jacket outside the premises.

The bomb disposal squad reached blast site and started an investigation. So far no group has claimed responsibility for the attack.

Published in Dawn, June 5th, 2018