Explosion at a luxury hotel in southwest Pakistan kills three, wounds 11

Henrietta Strickland
April 22, 2021

Quetta: A powerful bomb exploded in the parking area of a luxury hotel in the southwestern Pakistani city of Quetta on Wednesday, killing at least four people and wounding at least nine others, police said. Hotel officials said that some employees of the hotel were missing.

"An explosion has rocked the parking area of Serena hotel", police official Nasir Malik told Reuters. A spokesman for the TTP said, "Our suicide bomber used his explosive filled auto in the hotel".

Resentment has been fuelled by billions of dollars of Chinese money flowing into the region through the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) - a key part of China's Belt and Road Initiative - which locals say gave them little benefit as most new jobs went to outsiders.

Police said it is trying to figure out the intensity of the blast. The government has declared an emergency in the Civil Hospital Quetta. "Seven to eight vehicles were completely burnt down in the huge fire while some others were damaged".

The blast hit the auto park of the Serena Hotel in the city of Quetta.

The hotel premises has been cordoned off and personnel of the Counter-Terrorism Department have been deployed to investigate the explosion. He said no guests were hurt but that a police officer was among four people who died in the attack.

Assistant Commissioner Revenue Quetta Ijaz Ahmed and Assistant Commissioner Jaffarabad Bilal Shabbir are also among the injured. "One of our police constables is among the injured".

China's ambassador to Pakistan was staying at the hotel, but was not there when the bomb exploded, said Pakistan's interior Minister, Sheikh Rashid Ahmad.

"The ambassador was out for a meeting when the explosion took place", he added.

He further said that no group has taken responsibility for the attack so far.

Pakistan has almost completed a fence along the border with Afghanistan, which Islamabad says is necessary to prevent militant attacks from both sides. "They can not stop progress and development of Pakistan with such cowardly act". According to senior police official Azhar Akram, some of the wounded were listed in critical condition.

"*Serena [Hotel] Blast Update* 04 deceased 12 Injured", Badini tweeted.

He said an investigation was being carried out and the perpetrators of the blast will not be able to escape the law.

Chinese Ambassador Nong Rong had earlier in the day met provincial Chief Minister Jam Kamal in the city.

Federal Interior Minister Sheikh Rasheed has sought a report from the Balochistan Chief Secretary over the incident.

He also expressed grief and sorrow over the loss of precious lives in the blast.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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