Quetta, the capital of Pakistan’s restive Balochistan province, was shaken by a bomb blast on Sunday morning. At least three security personnel were killed and 20 were injured in the blast. The incident took place on Mastang Road which has been confirmed by Quetta DIG. According to GeoTV report, police and rescue teams reached the spot after the blast. Police said that the injured have been taken to Sheikh Zaid Hospital.
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Efforts are on to assess the intensity of the blast. So far no organization has claimed responsibility for the attack. The report claimed that the authorities are treating it as a suicide attack. However, the Bomb Disposal Squad is on the spot and is investigating the cause of the blast. Police have said that many of the injured are in critical condition.
According to SamaTV, preliminary investigation reports suggested that the attack was aimed at a Frontier Corps vehicle that was patrolling the area. The DIG has been quoted as saying that 5 kg of explosives were used in the blast.
Blasts in Quetta
Earlier on August 8, at least eight people were injured in a blast near the famous Serena Hotel in Quetta. Balochistan government spokesman Liaquat Shahwani had said that four passers-by were also injured in the blast targeting a police mobile near Tanzeem Chowk. Earlier on April 22, the Chinese ambassador staying at this hotel was targeted and attacked.
Five people were killed and a dozen others were injured in that blast. Since then, the city has witnessed several attacks in which security personnel and civilians have been injured or lost their lives. Late last month, at least four people were injured and a Frontier Corps (FC) vehicle was damaged in an explosion at Hazar Ganji on the outskirts of Quetta.