ISLAMABAD ( Associated Press) – Pakistan demanded Thursday that the Taliban rulers of neighboring Afghanistan stop terrorist attacks from its territory, a day after a suicide bombing in a southwestern Pakistani region.
The attack killed four people and appeared to target police officers who were on their way to support health workers vaccinating against polio in the area. Islamabad blamed the attack on Pakistani Taliban extremists who had taken refuge in Afghanistan.
At a press conference, Interior Minister Rana Sanaullah Khan said the Pakistani Taliban’s latest statement underscored the danger of Afghanistan becoming a haven for terrorists, despite Taliban rulers saying they would prevent such attacks from their territory, When they took control of Afghanistan. year.
Khan said if the Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) group claims it was behind Wednesday’s attack in Quetta city, “then it should be a cause of concern for the Taliban.”
Officials said a police officer and three civilians were killed in the attack when the attacker blew himself up near a police truck. Twenty-three others were also injured in the attack, which drew national condemnation.
The attack took place when the police officers were on their way to support workers in the nationwide polio vaccination campaign that began on Monday. The explosion was so strong that the truck carrying the police officers fell into a gorge.
It comes after the Pakistani Taliban this week ended a ceasefire with Islamabad and vowed to immediately resume attacks across the country.