A suicide attack this Sunday killed four members of the security forces in Quetta, western Pakistan, and injured about twenty more people, according to the first official data. The Pakistani Taliban, Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), have claimed responsibility for the attack. Since the Taliban triumph in neighboring Afghanistan, numerous analysts have warned of the risk that it would embolden extremists on this side of the border.
A man on a motorbike has rammed Border Corps agents and then set off the explosives he was carrying, according to information provided by the Quetta police to the local media. The same source has specified that 18 of the injured are also border guards and another two, pedestrians who were in the vicinity.
Prime Minister Imran Khan has been quick to condemn the attack and suggest that those responsible are abroad. “My condolences to the families of the martyrs and I pray for the recovery of the wounded. Acknowledgment to our security forces and their sacrifices to keep us safe by foiling the plans of foreign-backed terrorists, ”he tweeted in a little veiled reference to India, Pakistan’s arch enemy.
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