Suicide attack rocks Pakistani city of Quetta

Quetta is the capital of Balochistan Province near the Afghan border. The province has endured a decades-long separatist uprising who demand independence from Pakistan, citing what they say is the monopoly and exploitation of the state of resources of the province.

The District Inspector General of Law enforcement for Quetta, Azhar Akram, confirmed to CNN that the attack used to be caused by a suicide bomber and took place early Sunday morning at a checkpoint of the Frontier Corp, the paramilitary forces stationed in the city of quetta.

The Pakistani Taliban, known as Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), have claimed responsibility for the explosion in released a statement to CNN.

Although there have been targeted attacks by the TTP on the Frontier Corp in July, the deadliest recent attack carried out out by the militant group used to be in April, when an explosion outside a luxury hotel in Quetta four dead people and injured 12 others.

Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan condemned the incident in An post on Twitter Sunday.

“Condemn the TTP Suicide” attack on FC checkpoint, Mastung road, Quetta. My condolences go out to the families of the martyrs & prayers for the recovery of the wounded. Salute our security forces and their sacrifices to preserve us safe by thwarting the designs of foreign-backed terrorists,” the tweet read.

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