A suicide bombing in the Sibi district of Baluchistan, Pakistan, killed ten police officers and wounded 12 more Monday, according to reports.
A bomber riding a motorcycle rammed into the back of a truck carrying police officers who had returned from a cattle show where they had provided security, Kachhi district police chief Mehmood Notezai told reporters. Video showed the aftermath of the blast, which overturned the truck, causing additional injuries, and left a crater in the street.
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Tehreek-e-Jihad, a newly formed group of militants in Pakistan, claimed responsibility for the attack hours later, according to The Associated Press.
Militant attacks are fairly common in the region, where Pakistani security forces have long battled a low-level insurgency by the Baluchistan Liberation Army and other groups that seek to separate from Pakistan. Terror groups like ISIS and the Pakistani Taliban have also been active in the area for years.
An ISIS suicide bomber killed five people last year in the same area when he targeted President Arif Alvi’s security convoy. (RELATED: Hundreds Of Pakistanis Shower Former Prime Minister Imran Khan With Flowers As He Heads To Court For Terrorism Charges)
Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif condemned the attack in a statement, as did Abdul Qudoos Bizenjo, Baluchistan’s top elected official.