Islamabad, 30 November 2022 (dpa/MIA) – At least two people were killed in a suicide bombing in south-western Pakistan on Wednesday, according to officials.
“At least one police officer and a child were killed in the suicide attack,” a local police official said.
Another 23 people including 20 police officers were wounded in the attack, he said.
The attack took place in Quetta, the provincial capital of Balochistan, when a truck carrying police officers who were travelling to another city to guard polio vaccinators was hit by a rickshaw.
The suicide bomber riding the rickshaw blew himself up and the impact of the blast caused the truck to topple over, according to police.
The Pakistani Taliban, or Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), claimed responsibility for the attack.
It came days after the Islamist militants ended a months-long ceasefire and ordered its fighters to carry out attacks across the country.
Balochistan is Pakistan‘s largest and most volatile province. It borders both Afghanistan and Iran, and is regularly targeted by Islamist militants, sectarian groups and nationalist separatists.
Much of the violence is seen as a reaction by rebels to Beijing’s investment plans in the region to link China’s Xinjiang province with the Arabian Sea in Balochistan through a network of roads and rail.
The TTP is an umbrella organization of more than a dozen Islamist militant groups operating in Pakistan and is responsible for the deaths of around 80,000 people during two decades of violence.