Islamabad/Karachi, Jan 29 (PTI) Heavily armed suicide bombers attacked the Deputy Inspector General’s office in Pakistan’s restive southwestern Balochistan province Tuesday, killing nine people, including eight policemen. Also Read - SNAP 2020 Result LIVE NOW for MBA Entrance Exam, Download SNAP Scorecard at snaptest.org

The attack in Loralai also injured 21 others, including policemen and civilians. The injured who were shifted to hospital for treatment. Also Read - China Warms Up To Joe Biden, Asks Him To Bring Bilateral Ties Back on Right Track

In a statement, the army said that three armed suicide bombers attempted entry into DIG police office compound Loralai when about 800 candidates were present in its premises for enrolment in Balochistan police. Also Read - Domestic Flights: Centre Plans to Allow Airlines to Start Services at 100% Capacity Soon

“Police on duty responded and shot one of three suicide bombers at entry of DIG complex who also blew himself. Other two started indiscriminate firing and got into one of the side rooms,” the statement said.

Nine persons, including eight policemen, and one civilian candidate were killed in the attack that also left 21 others, including 12 policemen, injured.

“All terrorists have been killed during the operation,” the army said.

Inspector General of Police (Balochistan) Mohsin Hassan Butt said the terrorists attacked the office premises when a recruitment test for police clerks was underway.

“They attacked the office with gunfire and explosives. They initially opened fire and then detonated explosives,” he told reporters.

The Medical Superintendent of Loralai Civil Hospital, Dr Faheem Kakar, said that they were treating 18 injured from the attack and conditions of two civilians was critical and they had been shifted to the military hospital.

No group has claimed the responsibility for the attack. However, Baloch nationalists carry out such attacks.

Balochistan Chief Minister Jam Kamal Khan condemned the attack and ordered a probe.

The attack comes just a day after it was reported that the government plans to raise a 50,000-strong special security force to ensure unhindered exploration of gas and oil in the remote and no-go areas of Balochistan which has witnessed regular violence from separatists and militants.

In a similar attack on January 1, four security personnel were killed when terrorists tried to storm the Frontier Corps training centre in the province. Four terrorists were also killed in the gunfight.

This is published unedited from the PTI feed.