At least thirteen people were injured, including four in critical condition, in a motorcycle bomb explosion in Pakistan’s Balochistan Province (west), authorities confirmed.
The Pakistani police have said that the attack in the Jaran district was carried out shortly after a vehicle of the security forces passed through, according to the Pakistani daily Dawn.
Balochistan’s Prime Minister Abdulqudus Bizenjo has condemned the attack and expressed his condolences to those injured. No group has currently acknowledged the attack.
“Our courage is not affected by the cowardly activities of the terrorists. The people of the province are on the side of the security forces to end the chaos caused by terrorism,” said Bizenjo.
The attack came the day after the death of a prominent tribal leader when another bomb exploded in Auaran district. The province is the scene of attacks by Sunni extremist groups and Baloch separatist militias.
Meanwhile, Pakistani security forces killed four suspected members of the Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) group, known as the Pakistani Taliban, near the border with Afghanistan.
According to the Pakistani television broadcaster Geo TV, the operation was carried out by the Anti-Terrorism Department in Hangu District, Jíber Pajtunjua Province (north).
Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Jan confirmed contact with the TTP at the beginning of October because the authorities have “a position of strength”. “I always thought that all riots would end at the negotiating table,” he added.
The armed group, which is organizationally different from the Afghan Taliban but follows the same rigorous interpretation of Sunni Islam, unites more than a dozen militant Islamist groups that operate in Pakistan and have killed around 70,000 people there in two decades of violence.