Pakistan blast: 15 dead, dozens injured in blast in Quetta

12 August, 2017, 22:40 | Author: Brenda Erickson
  • Pakistan

A powerful blast targeting a military truck today killed at least 15 people, including eight soldiers, and injured over two dozen others in Pakistan's southwestern restive province of Balochistan.

"Our resolve won't succumb to any challenge", he said in a statement.

The ISPR further said that incendiary explosives were used in the attack and that was the reason why nearby vehicles caught fire.

ISPR confirmed 15 people were martyred including 7 civilians while 25 were injured, including 15 civilians. "Workers are also busy extinguishing the fire at the site", he said, adding that doctors in Quetta could not go to holidays as they had to see to the wounded of the blast. "At least 32 others are wounded", Dawn quoted Balochistan Home Minister Sarfaraz Bugti as saying.

Some of the injured were shifted to Civil Hospital Quetta and an emergency was declared in hospitals in the vicinity.

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Casualties were also confirmed by rescue and hospital sources. "Several vehicle and auto rickshaws have been burnt or damaged after the blast as they caught fire due to the intensity of the blast", the official said.

Balochistan Home Minister Sarfraz Bugti said the nature of the blast couldn't be ascertained, adding that security forces might be the target.

According to eyewitness, cited by reports, one of the vehicles exploded at Pishun Stop, which led to fire erupting in other vehicles passed side-by-side. 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 area where the explosion occurred. "Among the victims are security personnel and civilians", he said.

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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