Three dead in Sibi explosion

Police officers stand behind crime scene tape. — AFP/File
Police officers stand behind crime scene tape. — AFP/File 

QUETTA: Three people died and five others were injured in an explosion in Balochistan’s Sibi, officials said Tuesday, the latest terrorist strike in Pakistan’s restive province.

Local police said the explosion, the nature of which is yet to be determined, occurred on Jinnah Road.

Civil Hospital’s Medical Superintendent Dr Shahid said that three injured people are in “critical condition”, noting that an emergency has been imposed in the facility following the incident.

The deadly explosion comes just eight days before the February 8 general elections, with security heightened across the country and law enforcers deployed to ensure the law and order situation.

Police officials also noted that the blast took place near a political party’s rally, as electioneering is in full swing.

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