Quetta Bomb Blast: At least 20 people including two children were killed after an improvised explosive device (IED) exploded at a vegetable market in Quetta on Friday. The death toll of the Quetta bomb blast was confirmed by DIG Quetta Abdul Razzaq Cheema.
One Frontier Corps soldier was also martyred in the attack while 30 others, including eight security personnel, were injured. The senior police official added that at least eight of those killed in the blast at the Hazarganji area of the provincial capital belonged to Hazara community.
“The IED was concealed in a sack of potatoes,” said the DIG. Security forces cordoned the area after the blast and the injured were shifted to nearby hospitals for medical treatment.
The DIG further said that 11 bodies were shifted to Civil Hospital Quetta while three were moved to Bolan Medical Centre.
Chief Minister Balochistan Jam Kamal Khan condemned the attack and expressed solidarity with the victims. He promised swift action against the perpetrators of the incident and directed authorities to ensure the injured were provided quality medical treatment.
Governor Balochistan Amanullah Khan Yasinzai also condemned the attack and urged the law enforcement agencies (LEAs) to increase security and arrest the terrorist elements.
President Arif Alvi, Home Minister Zia Lango, Sindh Governor Imran Ismail, Pakistan Peoples Party chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz leader Ahsan Iqbal also condemned the incident.