Over 12 dead, 20 injured in Quetta's Pishin Stop blast

Elias Hubbard
August 12, 2017

A powerful blast targeting a military truck today killed at least 15 people, including eight soldiers, and injured over two dozen others in Pakistan's southwestern restive province of Balochistan.

According to ISPR, an army truck was the main target of the terrorists. "Our resolve won't succumb to any challenge", DG ISPR posted on Twitter. "Workers are also busy extinguishing the fire at the site", he said, adding that doctors in Quetta could not go to holidays as they had to see to the wounded of the blast.

Pakistan's Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) confirmed that an on-duty security vehicle was targeted in the blast, adding that 10 security officials were also injured in the blast.

The ISPR said the vehicle deployed on security duty was targeted in the attack.

Speaking to Geo News, provincial Home Minister Sarfaraz Bugti said the explosion was intense and the death toll could rise further.

A large number of police, and paramilitary troops rushed to the area and helped rescuers shift the dead and injured to hospitals.

The area was cordoned off following the blast, with a high-level search operation being initiated.

The blast took place near Mehdi Hospital at Pishin Stop.

Fire fighting vehicles were able to douse the fire which had spread to multiple vehicles.

Balochistan Home Minister Sarfraz Bugti said that it was a huge explosion that targeted a vehicle of security forces but would be premature to comment on the nature of the explosion. Rescue services have reached the site and are conducting rescue activities.

But The Bomb Disposal Squad said the blast was carried out by a suicide bomber.

The Balochistan Assembly, Quetta Law College, a private hospital and many offices are located in the vicinity where the explosion occurred.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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