Vehicle bomb kills 5 police, 2 civilians in southwest Pakistan

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Earlier today, at least seven people, including five security personnel, were martyred as an explosion ripped through a police truck in Quetta.

According to eyewitnesses, a white auto parked on the roadside exploded as a truck carrying around 30 Rapid Response Force (RRF) personnel passed by.

Security forces have cordoned off the area while BDS personnel are collecting evidence to ascertain exact nature of the blast.

Balochistan Home Minister Sarfraz Bugti confirmed the death toll, saying the elite police were targeted as they headed to work during morning rush-hour, at 8:25 am.

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The minister, commenting on the investigation of the Quetta blast which killed seven policemen, said that the forensic team from Lahore will reach Quetta on Thursday.

The Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan claimed responsibility for the attack.

The minister informed that six policemen were killed and 22 were injured in the blast.

Chief Minister Sanaullah Zehri told reporters that the bomb contained 80 kilogrammes of explosive material.

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Speaking to media on Wednesday, Bugti stated that Pakistan is on the front line of terrorism and the country will fight the war till the last terrorist reaches its end.

Balochistan has experienced incidents of violence and targeted killings for over a decade. "Balochistan is on the forefront of this fight and we will not stop until there is not a single terrorist left in the area", Bugti said. The blast which was carried out remotely occurred near Kajhori check post when the security forces were patrolling the area, a security official said, adding the IED had been planted along Miran Shah road.

In a bomb attack on vehicle carrying security forces in city of Quetta, Pakistan, 4 security guards, 2 of which were passed during explosion, 6 people lost ir lives.

The loss of precious lives in terrorist attack in #Quetta is regrettable & highly condemnable.

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