Explosion in Quetta, Pakistan at least 15 people killed, 32 injured

Frederick Owens
August 12, 2017

At least 15 were killed and 32 injured in a blast in Quetta's high-security neighbourhood on Saturday night.

The Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) confirmed that an Army truck was targeted in Quetta. "Our resolve won't succumb to any challenge", DG ISPR posted on Twitter. "Investigations are continuing but I can confirm it was a big explosion and there are around two dozen injured who are being shifted to nearby hospitals", Bugti said.

Other officials in the area, including the spokesman for the Balochistan government, also confirmed the toll although medical officials had earlier put the number of casualties at eight killed and 17 injured.

Baluchistan's Home Minister Mir Sarfaraz Bugti said the bomb was apparently kept in a vehicle parked near the bus stop.

According to the ISPR, army troops threw a security cordon around the area as fire engines reached the site to douse the blaze on the vehicles.

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The blast was so loud that it was heard in far off areas and caused a huge fire in which some vehicles and auto rickshaws were also damaged.

Fire fighting vehicles were able to douse the fire which had spread to multiple vehicles. "15 people including 7 civilians were martyred", the statement said, adding that 25 people including 15 civilians had been injured and taken to a military hospital. A large contingent of security forces have also reached the spot.

The Balochistan Assembly, Quetta Law College, a private hospital and many offices are located in the vicinity where the explosion occurred.

Army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa condemned the terrorist attack on the army truck in Quetta which he called "an attempt to mar Independence Day festivity" in the country.

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