Karachi, April 24: At least eight police personnel were killed and 23 injured in three separate suicide bomb attacks within an hour in Pakistan’s Balochistan on Tuesday evening, reported news agency PTI. In the first of attacks targeted on security, a suicide bomber detonated his explosives near a police truck on the Airport Road in Quetta, killing eight and injuring 15 personnel. Then, two suicide bombers attacked a Frontier Corps (FC) check post, this time on the outskirts of Quetta. “The FC soldiers reacted quickly. As a consequence, the two suicide bombers were killed quickly,” said Pakistan Army’s media wing, Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR). Another eight personnel were injured in this attack.

“It was a targeted attack on the security forces carried out by militants but due to swift reaction of FC soldiers, there were no casualties,” said  Civil Defense Director-General Aslam Tareen. He said one bomber was killed immediately while the other was able to detonate himself before being shot down. The area has been cordoned off and the injured taken to the hospital, reported DNA.

While no outfit has yet taken responsibility for the attack, Baloch nationalists and Taliban militants are known to target the security forces often. Militants have also stepped up attacks on Christian and Shia Hazaras, both minority communities in Quetta.

A couple of months ago, four FC personnel had died when militants attacked their vehicle before fleeing.