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

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.

By: PTI | Karachi | Updated: August 13, 2017 12:40 am
pakistan, muslims, muslims in pakistan, pakistani muslims, ahmaddiya, pakistani ahmaddiya, injustices in pakistan, pakistan news, world news, latest news Baluchistan’s Home Minister Mir Sarfaraz Bugti said the bomb was apparently kept in a vehicle parked near the bus stop. “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. (Representative Image)

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. The high intensity blast occurred in a parking lot near Pishin bus stop which is in a high security area in the provincial capital Quetta.

According to an Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) statement, the army truck which was patrolling the area had been targeted and eight soldiers were killed in the attack. Pakistan army chief General Javed Qamar Bajwa has condemned the “cowardly” attack meant to disrupt Independence day celebrations, the statement said, adding the attack would not deter the determination of the army to fight terrorism.

“Our resolve won’t succumb to any challenge,” Bajwa was quoted as saying. The injured also included around 10 soldiers who were in the truck. Pakistan army has now taken control of the affected area, it said.

Balochistan’s Home Minister Mir Sarfaraz Bugti said there were seven civilians among those killed in the blast. “The bomb disposal squad has reached the spot and we will be able to confirm soon whether it was a suicide attack or a planted bomb,” he said.

Bugti said around 30 injured persons were shifted to the Civil hospital for treatment and admitted that the condition of six to seven people was critical. Earlier, several television channels had reported that around 17 dead bodies were brought to the hospital and most of them were badly charred and burnt. 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.

An official of the Edhi trust in Quetta said around 15 bodies were shifted before adding that the death toll could be much higher. “The explosion was very powerful and loud. Its intensity was severe. Several car 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.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility but Taliban and Islamic State militants have attacked Quetta city in the past. Quetta is the capital city of the restive Balochistan province. Balochistan has oil and gas resources but has witnessed several terrorist attacks recently by militants and separatists while banned outfits have also carried out sectarian killings in the province.

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    ghnugru
    Aug 13, 2017 at 11:44 am
    Frankenstein the terrorist sponsor countries of tinpot dictators created have turned on their creators, the ISI and the army. Reap what you sown
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      asif
      Aug 13, 2017 at 10:36 am
      We are fighting against three enemies india, israil and Afghanistan.Our brave ISI doing excellent job.First you save your infants 300 died due to oxygen non availability then talk on Pakistan.
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        Vinod Soni
        Aug 13, 2017 at 2:50 am
        I am sure if Pakistan merge with India will have much better life style and security as against presently being observed since independence.
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          Feku
          Aug 13, 2017 at 3:33 am
          Sure, Pellet riddled bodies and blind faces will be very much coveted life style these days. Public lynching by saffron terrorists is another bonus! Pakistan is a thermonuclear state who dares daily to kill ur famous brave soldiers on LOC as well as in hinterland of valley whenever we desire to do so! We are not China, North Korea or US for that matter who have been barking for the last 3 months but still no action! So think very hard and long before u wish for any such fairy tale.
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            George Cruz
            Aug 13, 2017 at 4:31 am
            The truth is that the Islamic Caliphate Pak is failed country with the large percent of Muslims Junk who are illiterate with only Madrasa education with Mullahs preaching the 7th century Islamic ideologies of Jihad/Sharia with hate towards other religions especially the Hindus, and the Indian citizens would never allow or accept Pakistan merging with India. These illiterate Muslims can't be reformed, deep hatred towards Hindus is embedded is embedded in the brains and just experiencing what's going in the Kashmir Valley with Sunni Muslims terror groups committing terror/killing Indian citizens would never accept joining with the global terror central Pakistan.
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              J
              Aug 13, 2017 at 4:44 am
              Be careful what you wish for. In hindsight Muslim separation is a good thing happen to Hindus. Although unwittingly. Or India would be in a mess.
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                NAMASIVAYAM CHOKKALINGAM
                Aug 13, 2017 at 4:59 am
                What harm have Indian citizens done to you?
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                J
                Aug 13, 2017 at 2:41 am
                Pa kistani Sunni Punjabi Muslims are killing Baluchis, Shias, Ahmedias and Christians. Hindus are wiped off from Pa kistan. Time to destroy Pa kistani Punjab and spare other provinces systematically.
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                  ghnugru
                  Aug 13, 2017 at 11:46 am
                  Amen
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                  sdas
                  Aug 13, 2017 at 1:28 am
                  Dear Gen. Bajwa, the chickens have come home to roost. You and your cohorts spread terrorism in India and Afghanistan - see how it feels at home - again.
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                    Indian Abroad
                    Aug 13, 2017 at 1:03 am
                    Pakistan has made Balochistan home of terrorism. Pakistan treats non-Punjabis as second class citizens.
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                      Tushar SINGH
                      Aug 13, 2017 at 12:32 am
                      Azaadi!!!! Baluch ko azaadi do!!!! They not terrorist but freedom fighters
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                        Indian Abroad
                        Aug 13, 2017 at 12:59 am
                        I agree Bolochistan deserves freedom. But Balochis are peace loving people. This is the job of Pakistan trained terrorists. If you have a pet snake you have to be ready for its poisonous bites.
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                        Kk
                        Aug 13, 2017 at 12:26 am
                        Wished they had killed the soldiers and not the innocents.
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                          FreedomLover
                          Aug 13, 2017 at 3:29 am
                          And also split india in 4, 5 or even more counties , giving freedom t the freedom fighters in various states
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