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9 killed, 21 hurt in Balochistan gun-suicide attack

9 killed, 21 hurt in Balochistan gun-suicide attack

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Jan 30, 2019 - 15:05

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): Eight policemen and one civilian have been killed and 21 others wounded in Tuesday’s gun and suicide attack on a senior police officer’s office in Balochistan province of Pakistaninfo-icon, media reports said.

The attack involving three assailants targeted the office of the deputy inspector general of police in Loralai when nearly 800 candidates were present in the compound for enrollment in Balochistan police.

Balochistan police chief Mohsin Butt told a foreign news agency that senior police officials were busy selecting candidates for different civilian jobs when the terrorists entered the compound and hurled hand grenades.

The policemen deployed at the entrance responded by shooting at one of the three attackers, who blew himself up. The other two attackers took refuge in one of the side rooms and opened indiscriminate fire.

Frontier Corps (FC) Balochistan and army troops were then called in who ensured the safe evacuation of around 800 candidates.

During a subsequent clearance operation inside the police complex, the remaining two suicide bombers were shot dead and the area was declared clear.

The injured were shifted to the Combined Military Hospital, Quetta via Pakistan Army helicopters.

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