Blast targeting army personnel martyrs 15, injures several in Quetta: ISPR

Explosion in Quetta, Pakistan at least 15 people killed, 32 injured
Eight army personnel among 15 martyred in Quetta's Pishin stop blast

13 August, 2017

At least 15 people embraced martyrdom while 25 others were injured as a blast targeting an army truck rocked Pishin stop area of Balochistan province's Quetta city, ARY News reported.

According to ISPR, an army truck was the main target of the terrorists. "Our resolve won't succumb to any challenge", DG ISPR Major-General Asif Ghafoor posted on Twitter.

"We can now confirm that 15 people have died in the explosion today".

"We are trying to provide best possible facilities to the injured people", he said, adding that the holidays of all doctors in the city were suspended.

Spokesperson for the provincial government Anwarul Haq Kakar has confirmed the number of injured in an exclusive talk with Dunya News.

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. "Among the victims are security personnel and civilians", he said. The dead and injured were rushed to Quetta Civil Hospital.

Balochistan Home Minister Sarfaraz Bugti said the deceased include officials of security force and civilians.

The explosion reportedly took place in a vehicle.

The blast was so loud that it was heard in far off areas and caused a huge fire in which some vehicles and auto rickshaws were also damaged. "Several vehicle and auto rickshaws have been burnt or damaged after the blast as they caught fire due to the intensity of the blast", the official said.

FC Hostel and the Balochistan Assembly are near the spot of the explosion and the area is categorised as sensitive.

Army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa condemned the terrorist attack on the army truck in Quetta which he called "an attempt to mar Independence Day festivity" in the country.

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