QUETTA, PAKISTAN: Two dead, 12 wounded in Quetta blast today, when a powerful bomb exploded to a place near Liaquat Bazaar on McConaghey Road in Quetta, hospital sources said.
Police said that the injured persons have been shifted to the Civil Hospital, where an emergency has been declared and additional medical staff was called upon to treat the victims of the blast.
One of the injured victims was reportedly in critical condition.
The area was surrounded and cordoned off as an investigation into the blast is underway, said police.
Initial investigation of what caused the explosion suggested that explosive material might have been used in the blast.
Home Minister Mir Ziaullah Langove condemned the blast, saying that anti-state elements are trying to topple over the hard earned peace and law and order situation.
The provincial minister directed that the wounded should be given best healthcare facilities and the law enforcement agencies should also boost up security arrangements across the province.
Chief Minister Balochistan Jam Kamal condemned the blast which took place near the Frontier Corps vehicle, saying that terrorists once again want to destroy the peace of the province.
The CM Balochistan said that efforts to ensure long-lasting peace will be taken.
Balochistan’s provincial capital in the recent past witnessed a series of blasts targeting police vehicles and law enforcing agencies. In November, at least one official died as a result of an explosion at the city’s Double Road. Officials said that 10 others were injured in the same blast.
On Sept 26, at least three policemen were injured in a blast in Eastern Bypass area of Quetta.
The blast took place three days after Chief Minister Jam Kamal claimed that security deterioration in Balochistan has declined as the law enforcement agencies have defeated the elements fueling terrorism across the province.
Balochistan has long been neglected and then wrecked by ethnic, sectarian, militant and separatist violence perpetrated by a potpourri of groups. Pakistani officials have repeatedly blamed and criticized “hostile forces” for all violence brewing in the province.
Two dead, 12 wounded in Quetta blast today and the death toll is expected to rise.
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