QUETTA: Three policemen including SSP Hamid Shakil have been martyred in an explosion in the provincial capital, police said Thursday.

SSP Operation Nasebullah confirmed that Hamid Shakil, SSP Motor Transport, and two officers were martyred in a blast on the Airport Road.

The blast apparently targeting the police SSP also damaged four vehicles.

According to private TV channel, eight other people including citizens people were also injured in the blast and taken to the Combined Military Hospital for treatment. Two of the injured were said to be in critical condition.

The TV channel reported that the blast appeared to be a suicide attack but exact nature of the blast could be ascertained after examination.

A Geo TV correspondent said the explosion was so loud that it shattered the window panes of nearby buildings and was heard across the city.

A large number of police and paramilitary troops rushed to the area and cordoned off the blast site near an under construction building on the Airport Road.

Balochistan Governor Muhammad Khan Achakzai and Chief Minister (CM) Sanaullah Zehri strongly condemned the attack.

The government will not bow down before terrorists, the CM said, adding that the culprits behind the attack would be brought to justice.