Pakistan: 5 killed, 20 injured in IED blast in Chaman

at 7:10 pm
(Photo: The Dawn)

New Delhi (NVI): At least five people were killed and 20 were injured in a powerful IED blast on the Mall Road in Chaman city of Pakistan near Pak-Afghan border, reports the Dawn.

The incident took place after unidentified men planted an improvised explosive device in a motorbike that was parked on the roadside, Muhammad Mohsin, a police inspector was quoted as saying by Pakistan daily.

Assistant Commissioner Zakaullah Durrani said the explosion targetted a vehicle of the Anti-Narcotics Force.

Window panes of several shops and houses were shattered due to the impact of the explosion. Earlier in March this year, at least nine people were injured in an explosion near the Levies Lines of the town, reports Dawn.

Chaman is considered a sensitive town in Balochistan province of Pakistan. It shares its border with Kandahar province of Afghanistan. It was in news recently after three persons were killed and 20 were injured after Pakistani troops opened fire at minority Pashtun people who were staging a sit-in at Chaman border for crossing over to Afghanistan for Eid celebrations.

After the Chaman border incident on July 30, Pakistan had launched a heavy artillery firing in Spin Boldak district of Kandahar province in Afghanistan, in which nine people were killed while 50 others were injured.