Published: Sat, August 12, 2017
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Explosion in Quetta's Pishin Stop area; at least 15 dead, 32 injured

Explosion in Quetta's Pishin Stop area; at least 15 dead, 32 injured

Eight soldiers and seven civilians have been killed after terrorists targeted a military truck with a bomb in the south-western Pakistani city of Quetta, authorities said.

ISPR confirmed 15 people were martyred including 7 civilians while 25 were injured, including 15 civilians.

The nature of the blast could not immediately be determined but an investigation was underway, Bugti said. However, sources cited by local news channels, claimed that the attack was a terror operation executed by the insurgent outfits targeting the vehicle of security personnel.

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"Our resolve (to fight the menace of terrorism) won't succumb to any challenge", the Army Chief was quoted as saying by the Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) on Saturday. Police and other law enforcement forces have cordoned off the area.

According to provincial Home Minister Sarfaraz Bugti told media the explosion was intense and the death toll could rise further.

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Balochistan Home Minister Sarfraz Bugti also confirmed that a military truck was the target. Balochistan has oil and gas resources but has witnessed several terrorist attacks recently by militants and separatists while banned outfits have also carried out sectarian killings in the province. Rescue services and security forces have reached the site and are conducting rescue activities. "The bomb disposal squad has reached the spot and we will be able to confirm soon whether it was a suicide attack or a planted bomb", he said. Two cars, rickshaws and motorcycles caught fire after the blast.

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

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