Published: March 12, 2017
ISLAMABAD: A bomb explosion took place under a bridge on the main Sur Bandar road in Gwadar Sunday morning, according to police officials.
The police were reportedly informed about the presence of a bomb under the bridge. However, it exploded before the bomb disposal squad’s arrival at the scene, a private news channel claimed.
While there was no loss of life reported, the bridge was partially damaged in the incident.
The officials said it was a remote-controlled bomb weighing around 5 to 7 kilogrammes.
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