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CTD registers Quetta bike blast case.

QUETTA -- A First InforAmation Report (FIR) has been registered against unknown attackers by the Counter Terrorism Department (CTD) in connection with Tuesday's motorbike bomb blast near a police station in Balochistan's capital, killing five people and injuring 32 others.

The FIR was registered on Wednesday under sections 302 (punishment for premeditated murder), 324 (attempted murder) of the Pakistan Penal Code and 7 of the Anti-Terrorism Act.

CTD officials said they were investigating the bomb blast with reports from authorities concerned that some suspects had been taken into custody for interrogation.

Giving an update about the injured persons in the blast, a hospital spokesman said that additional SHO of City police station Mirza Shafaat who had sustained serious injuries in the blast was now out of danger and his condition was improving.

Four other policemen were also injured in the blast and they too were recovering, said the spokesman.

He also said that 27 out of the 32 injured persons had been discharged soon after treatment as they had sustained minor injuries. However, 'condition of five persons is still serious', said a hospital spokesman.

It was the second bomb explosion within the last seven days in the provincial capital. On July 23, a blast had occurred in the Eastern Bypass area which left four people dead and 32 injured.

'The target of the blast was a police vehicle parked near the police station,' Deputy Inspector General Abdul Razzaq Cheema said about Tuesday's motorbike bomb blast.

Police had said that unknown terrorists planted the bomb in a motorcycle, parked it close to the patrolling vehicle of the police station concerned and detonated it by a remote control. Three people died on the spot and 32 were injured.

Several cars and motorcycles were badly damaged in the powerful blast. Nearby buildings were also damaged due to the impact of the blast that was heard in a vast area.

Bomb Disposal Squad personnel collected evidence from the blast site. 'The bomb was planted in a motorbike and detonated by remote control,' they said.

The banned Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan claimed responsibility for the blast.

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Publication:Dawn (Karachi, Pakistan)
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Date:Aug 1, 2019
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