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Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan claimed responsibility for the attack on officers deployed to protect polio vaccination campaign staff.
Islamabad, Pakistan – A suicide bomb attack targeted a police vehicle in the southwestern Pakistani city of Quetta, killing at least one police officer and one civilian and injuring dozens, police said.
The armed group Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), also known as the Pakistani Taliban, claimed responsibility for Wednesday’s attack, two days after notification end the ceasefire agreed with the government in June.
Quetta Police Deputy Inspector General (DIG) Ghulam Azfar Mahesar told reporters the targeted vehicle was carrying security personnel deployed to protect polio vaccination campaign staff in the capital. government of Balochistan province of Pakistan.
Mahesar said the incident in Buleli district left at least 24 people injured, including 20 police officers.
Balochistan Minister Abdul Quddus Bizenjo condemned the attack and pledged to fight “cowardly acts”.
“All those involved in this case and those who support them will be brought before the law,” he said.
In a statement on Monday, the TTP ordered its fighters to carry out attacks across Pakistan.
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