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Blast targeting army personnel martyrs 15, injures several in Quetta: ISPR

12 August 2017, 11:40 | Opal Carroll

Eight army personnel among 15 martyred in Quetta's Pishin stop blast

Explosion in Quetta, Pakistan at least 15 people killed, 32 injured

At least 17 people were killed and around 14 injured in a powerful blast targeting a military truck in Pakistan's Quetta on Saturday evening.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility but Taliban and Islamic State militants have attacked Quetta in the past.

The deceased include members of the armed forces and civilians, said the provincial home minister.

It added that incendiary explosives were used in the blast that sparked fires in nearby vehicles.

According to the Dawn newspaper, citing Home Minister of the Balochistan province Sarfaraz Bugti, civilians as well as security forces officials are among the victims.

The nature of the blast could not immediately be determined but an investigation was underway, Bugti said. The city has been put on high alert following the blast.

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At least 12 people were killed and 30 injured after explosion rocked a high-security zone of Quetta's Pishin Stop in Pakistan.

The blast took place near Mehdi Hospital at Pishin Stop.

Quetta's chief of bomb disposal squad, Aslam Tareen, said initial information was that a suicide attacker rammed a motorcycle into a military vehicle.

The blast was so huge that all the cars parked in the area caught fire, raising fears of a heightened death toll.

The Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa condemned the terrorist attack and said that such terror-inducing attacks can not shatter our hopes.

The province has also seen a number of attacks carried out by the Lashkar-e-Jhangvi's Al Alami faction, a group with ties to ISIL, known for attacking Shia Muslims. He added the terrorists do not want the people to celebrate the Independence Day. However, military intelligence officials denied the Wadh network exists and the father of the alleged leader says his son is not involved with militants attacking the state.



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