Quetta Blasts: At least 10 people were killed in a suicide blast that targeted a police vehicle in southwestern Pakistan on Monday, officials said.
Two policemen identified as Abdul Rasool s/o Abdul Majeed; Mohammad Zaman s/o Muhammad Hasan, and one Levies personnel M.Hameed s/o Abdul Ghafoor were among the dead. The injured, three of them in a critical condition, have been shifted to hospital.
“We have received 10 bodies so far and 35 injured in Civil Hospital,” a hospital official told Reuters. Two police personnel were among the dead, a senior police official confirmed.
According to reports in Pakistan media, the suicide bomber was coming from Sharea Iqbal when he reached near a security protection point.which was provided to the demonstrators near the Quetta Press Club. When the security personnel tried to the attacker, he detonated the bomb.
A number of vehicles were badly damaged and scores of buildings’ window panes also shattered in the blast. The law enforcement agencies have cordoned off the area.
Quetta is the capital of Balochistan province, the country’s largest but most scantily populated province, rich in mineral resources and the route of much of the $60bn China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) project.
For more than a decade, Pakistani security forces have been battling rebel groups that want independence for the ethnic Baloch areas of the province. These groups regularly target Pakistani security forces.