A bomb blast wounded at least two policemen and one civilian in Quetta (Balochistan province) on Monday, October 21. The bomb reportedly struck a patrol van and was detonated via remote control; no group immediately claimed responsibility for the attack.
A heightened security presence and localized disruptions to transportation and business are to be expected around the incident site over the coming hours. Similar attacks are possible in Quetta over the near term.
Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), Al-Qai'da, Islamic State (IS) affiliates, Jamaat-ul-Ahrar, Afghan Taliban, and other Islamist militant groups continue to pose a threat throughout the country despite continued army offensives to push them from their northwestern strongholds near the Afghan border. Pakistan has suffered numerous deadly attacks in recent months, notably in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Balochistan provinces.
Individuals in Quetta are advised to monitor developments, avoid the affected area, and report any suspicious objects or behavior to the relevant authorities.
Due to a high threat from terrorism, as well as kidnapping and sectarian violence, some Western governments advise their citizens to reconsider travel to Pakistan as foreign nationals, and Westerners in particular, may be directly targeted.
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