2 children killed in suicide attack near vehicle carrying Chinese nationals in Gwadar

Statesman Report

GWADAR: At least two children were killed in a "suicide attack" targeting a vehicle carrying Chinese nationals in Balochistan's Gwadar district on Friday, the provincial government's spokesperson said.

Three people, including the car's driver, were also injured when a suicide bomber blew himself near the vehicle.

"Strongly condemn suicide attack on Chinese nationals' vehicle in Gwadar," Balochistan government spokesperson Liaquat Shahwani tweeted.

He said two children playing nearby had died in the explosion, while one Chinese national sustained minor injuries.

The Gwadar police control room earlier said three children had been injured in the incident. The injured were shifted to GDA Hospital in Gwadar.

The blast took place shortly after 7pm in Baloch Ward near Gwadar's Eastbay Expressway.

Shahwani said police and Counter-Terrorism Department (CTD) teams were at the crime scene, and an investigation into the incident had been launched. He lamented that "innocent children" had died in the attack.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack.

The incident comes less than two weeks after a motorcycle bomb blast took place at Quetta's Hali Road roundabout, near Balochistan Assembly and the High Court, leaving two policemen martyred and 21 others, including 12 policemen, injured.