Bicycle bomb kills two in Baluchistan

November 14, 2012 - 6:46:43 am

Pakistani soldiers examine a damaged security convoy vehicle at the site of a bomb explosion in Quetta, yesterday. 

QUETTA: A bicycle bomb apparently targeting security forces killed two people and injured nine others in Pakistan’s troubled southwestern province of Baluchistan yesterday, police said.

The device exploded on the road from Baluchistan’s provincial capital Quetta to the airport as a convoy of the government paramilitary Frontier Corps (FC) passed nearby.

“Two people passing by were killed in the blast and nine others wounded. The injured also included three FC soldiers,” Wazir Khan Nasir, a senior police official said.

Another police official Zubair Mehmood said that the blast occurred five kilometres (three miles) outside Quetta.

“The FC convoy was a target apparently. Around five kilograms (11 pounds) of explosive was installed in the bicycle parked roadside. It exploded when the FC convoy passed nearby,” he said.

Baluchistan is plagued by Islamist militancy, sectarian violence between majority Sunnis and minority Shiite Muslims and a regional insurgency waged by separatists.

Violence has surged in the province this year and human rights activists have raised concerns about an increase in targeted killings.