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16 hurt in 3 Quetta blasts

QUETTA, April 24: At least 16 people, two of them policemen, were injured in three blasts here on Wednesday and death toll in Tuesday’s suicide attack rose to eight.

Meanwhile, house of a candidate for the May 11 election was attacked in Kalat but caused no casualty.

In Quetta, police said, bicycles had been used to carry explosives to the sites of two of the blasts which caused panic.

The first blast took place in the Satellite Town where an explosives-laden bicycle had been parked near a private hospital. Thirteen people, including a child, were injured when the explosives went off.

Police and security personnel took the injured to the Civil Hospital where four of them were said to be in a critical condition.

After examining the site of the blast, bomb disposal personnel said that around 1kg explosives had been used.

In the other blast in the Sariab Road area, two policemen were injured. Officials said that the explosives had been detonated by a remote control near the Kechi Baig police station when a police van arrived there.

“The van patrolling the area was the target,” a senior police official said, adding that two police constables in the vehicle were injured.

The van was damaged and a wall of the police station collapsed.

In the third incident, an explosive device planted on road went off at Jadoon Chowk on New Jan Muhammad Road. One person was injured.

Meanwhile, two men who were injured in Tuesday evening’s car blast died at the Combined Military Hospital, raising the toll to eight.

Poll candidate’s house attacked In Kalat, men on a motorcycle hurled grenades at the house of Maulana Mehmood Shah, the provincial general secretary of Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam (Nazaryati group) who is a contesting for the Balochistan Assembly’s PB-36 seat.

The grenade exploded in the backyard of the house, damaging walls and smashing windows. No one was injured.