Suicide attack rocks Pakistani city of Quetta

Quetta is the capital of Balochistan province near the Afghan border. The province has actually seen a years-long revolt by separatists who require self-reliance from Pakistan, mentioning what they state is the state’s monopoly and exploitation of the province’s mineral resources.

The District Inspector General of Authorities for Quetta, Azhar Akram, validated to CNN that the attack was triggered by a suicide bomber and happened early Sunday early morning at a checkpoint of the Frontier Corp, the paramilitary soldiers stationed within the city of Quetta.

The Pakistani Taliban, called Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), declared obligation for the blast in a declaration launched to CNN.

While there have actually been targeted attacks by the TTP on the Frontier Corp in July, the most dangerous current attack performed by the militant group remained in April, when a blast outside a high-end hotel in Quetta eliminated 4 individuals and hurt 12 others.

Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan condemned the occurrence in a post on Twitter Sunday.

“Condemn the TTP suicide attack on FC checkpost, Mastung road, Quetta. My condolences go to the families of the martyrs & prayers for the recovery of the injured. Salute our security forces & their sacrifices to keep us safe by thwarting foreign-backed terrorists’ designs,” the tweet read.

At least three paramilitary troops were killed.
TTP leader Noor Wali Mehsud appeared buoyed by the Afghan Taliban gains in a special interview with CNN 6 weeks back. As the Taliban surrounded Kabul, Mehsud recommended “the victory of one Muslim was surely helpful to another Muslim.”

He swore to take control of Pakistan’s tribal border area, hinting it would be much easier with United States forces gone and the Afghan Taliban in charge in Kabul. United States drone strikes eliminated 3 of his predecessors.

The variety of TTP attacks In August was more than double in 2015’s regular monthly average, according to figures released by the group.

Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.