Massive blast in Pakistan kills 17, scores injured

Pakistan       by Dawood Rehman | Published

The Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), media wing of the army, confirmed a vehicle of security forces was targeted in the blast that killed 15 people, including seven citizens.

It says incendiary explosives were used in the blast that sparked fires in nearby vehicles.

The blast occurred near a stadium where celebrations to mark the 70th anniversary of Pakistan's independence were under way.

Mr Bajwa said: "Our resolve won't succumb to any challenge".

Balochistan Home Minister Sarfaraz Bugti refused to give any information about the nature of the blast saying "rescue operations are our priority".

15 people, including 7 civilians, have lost their lives in a huge suicide explosion near Quetta's Pishin Stop.

A spokesman for the Balochistan government, Anwar ul Haq Kakar also confirmed the toll. He said the holidays of all doctors in the city were suspended.

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The injured were rushed to Civil Hospital, where a state of emergency was declared. "Workers are also busy extinguishing the fire at the site", he said.

The injured were shifted to the Combined MIlitary Hospital, added the ISPR.

No terror group claimed responsibility as it has been for previous such incidents in Balochistan, a province rich in oil and gas resources that borders Iran and Afghanistan.

The deceased include officials of the security forces and civilians, said the provincial home minister.

Two cars, four rickshaws and two motorbikes caught fire in the explosion, Xinhua reported.

In August past year, at least 74 people were killed in a suicide attack on the city's Civil Hospital, while another 60 were killed in an attack on a police academy two months later.

Islamic State militants and the Taliban have attacked Quetta city in the past.

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