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Saturday, November 5, 2011

Would-be suicide bomber killed in Quetta

By: Bari Baloch | Published: November 06, 2011
QUETTA - A would-be suicide bomber was killed when his suicide vest exploded near an Imambargah in Hazara town of Quetta on Saturday while a convoy of Frontier Corps narrowly escaped a remote controlled bomb attack in the outskirts of provincial metropolis.
According to police sources, a suspected militant who was heading towards Imambargah Baqir located near Kirani Road of Hazara town, skidded and a huge blast occurred that rocked entire locality. As a result, the suspected terrorist was killed and his body parts scattered around the area. Luckily, no other person was hurt in the blast.
“It was a suicide blast as bomber was heading towards Imambargah to target it when his suicide vest exploded prematurely,” DIG police Quetta Hamid Shakeel told reporters.
Another police official seeking anonymity said the accused wanted to plant explosives to Imambargah when these went off. “The upper portion of the accused body has not been distorted,” he added.
Police and other law enforcement agencies rushed to the site soon after the incident and cordoned off the area.
Sources said the body parts of alleged suicide bomber were gathered and he was identified as Pervez Elahi, a resident of Dera Murad Jamali.
Bomb Disposal Squad sources said about 3 Kg explosives were used in the blast adding, that no material such as ball bearing, often used in suicide blast, were found in the vest.
Police and other law enforcement agencies were investigation the incident.
In another incident, a convoy of Frontier Corps Balochistan narrowly escaped a bomb attack at Mian Gundi area, in the outskirts of Quetta.
Sources said miscreants had planted explosives along the road which were detonated through a remote controlled device when FC convoy were passing through. No loss of life was reported except minor damage to a vehicle.

THE NATION

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