Powerful blast kills 15 in Pakistan

Pauline Gross
August 12, 2017

At least 15 people have been killed in a major explosion in the southwestern Pakistani city of Quetta, the capital of Balochistan province.

According to ISPR, an army truck was the main target of the terrorists.

"Our resolve won't succumb to any challenge", Bajwa was quoted as saying. ISPR said "Incendiary explosive was used in the blast due to which nearby vehicles caught fire", as per DawnNews.

"We can now confirm that 15 people have died in the explosion today. Workers are also busy extinguishing the fire at the site", he said, adding that the holidays of all doctors in the city were suspended.

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. "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. The injured people were taken to a Civil Hospital in Quetta.

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A statement by the Pakistani military said the explosion targeted an on-duty vehicle and set several other vehicles on fire.

Baluchistan's Home Minister Mir Sarfaraz Bugti told media that a truck of the Frontier Corps was targeted in the blast. A large contingent of security forces 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.

The nature of the blast could not immediately be determined but an investigation was underway, Bugti said.

However, sources cited by local news channels, claimed that the attack was a terror operation executed by the insurgent outfits targeting the vehicle of security personnel.

Other reports by GizPress

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