Explosion in Quetta, Pakistan at least 15 people killed, 32 injured
Explosion in Quetta, Pakistan at least 15 people killed, 32 injured
Deadly suicide attack targets Pakistani army in Quetta, over 50 killed, wounded
13 August, 2017, 02:05
"Fifteen people including seven civilians were martyred", the statement said.
A blast in Quetta on Saturday killed at least 15 and injured 32 people, police said, day after a powerful blast killed three people in Bajaur Agency. According to the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), the terrorists attacked an on-duty military vehicle. The city has been put on high alert following the blast.
ISPR Director General Major General Asif Ghafoor said in a Twitter post that Chief of the Army Staff has condemned the attack and termed it an attempt to mar the Independence Day Celebrations.
Kabeer Khan, an explosives expert who examined the site, said after collecting forensic evidence that it was a suicide attack and that the attacker was carrying some 25 kilograms of "incendiary explosives" on a motorcycle that he rammed into the military truck.
Baluchistan home minister Sarfraz Bugti told local Dunya TV that a rescue operation was underway.
"Our resolve won't succumb to any challenge", Gen Bajwa said.
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The high-intensity blast occurred in a parking lot near Pishin bus stop which is in a high-security area in Quetta, said reports.
Daesh, a Takfiri terrorist group which mainly operates in the Middle East but has also established a branch in Afghanistan, has claimed several attacks in the Pakistani territory in the recent past.
The province has been the scene of a low-level insurgency by Baloch separatist groups that want a greater share of the mineral and natural gas resources from the area.
Quetta, the provincial capital of Baluchistan province, has seen frequent attacks targeting government buildings and security forces, as well as civilians.
Bugti said, "It would be unfair to call the incident a security lapse".
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