15 killed, 25 injured in explosion near Pishin Stop

15 killed, 25 injured in explosion near Pishin Stop

15 killed, 25 injured in explosion near Pishin Stop

At least 17 people were killed and almost 30 others injured today when a powerful blast targeting a vehicle of the security forces went off in Pakistan's Quetta city.

The Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) confirmed that an Army truck was targeted in Quetta. "Our resolve won't succumb to any challenge", DG ISPR Major-General Asif Ghafoor posted on Twitter. ISPR said "Incendiary explosive was used in the blast due to which nearby vehicles caught fire", as per DawnNews. "Workers are also busy extinguishing the fire at the site", he said, adding that the holidays of all doctors in the city were suspended.

Spokesperson for the provincial government Anwarul Haq Kakar has confirmed the number of injured in an exclusive talk with Dunya News.

"On-duty security vehicle was targeted in the blast, 10 security officials were also among those injured in the attack", statement added.

"At least 32 others are wounded", Balochistan Home Minister Sarfaraz Bugti said following the blast, which reportedly targeted a vehicle carrying military personnel.

A huge fire erupted after the explosion that engulfed four auto rickshaws, four cars and two motorbikes.

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Army troops reached the site of the incident soon after the attack and cordoned off the area.

According to the eyewitnesses, the powerful blast occurred at a high-security area near a security forces vehicle.

Bugti said an investigation was launched to determine the nature of the blast and whether it was a terrorist attack.

FC Hostel and the Balochistan Assembly are near the spot of the explosion and the area is categorised as sensitive.

It may be mentioned that the terrorist attack had claimed lives of 15 persons, including eight army personnel, besides injuring 25 others.

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