A home-made bomb was used in the blast that occurred near Zhob Cantt area, injuring four personnel as well as two children, security sources said.

The suicide bomber rammed his explosive-laden vehicle into the gate of the military compound, Dunya News reported, adding that the intensity of the blast spread fear and panic among residents.

Friday prayers were going on in a nearby mosque near the compound at the time of the blast, sources said. Heavy contingents of law enforcement agencies rushed to the scene following the incident to cordon off the area. The injured were shifted to Civil Hospital Zhob.

The frequency of targeted attacks on policemen has increased in the troubled province of Balochistan. Earlier this month, a suicide bomber blew himself outside a polio centre in Quetta's satellite town area, killing 15 people, including 12 policemen.

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