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Bomb Kills At Least 15 In Southwestern Pakistan

13 August 2017, 02:28 | Devin Moran

Pakistan by Sarfraz Ali | Published

Pakistan       by Sarfraz Ali | Published

At least 15 people have been martyred and dozens wounded - some of them critically - in a bomb attack on a military truck in a high-security neighbourhood of Quetta on Saturday night.

Provincial home minister Sarfraz Bugti and government spokesman Anwar ul Haq Kakar confirmed the death toll and put the number of wounded at 32.

At least 14 people - including seven policemen - lost their lives, while 19 others were injured in a suicide blast that shook Shuhada Chowk in Quetta's Gulistan Road area in June.

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

The nature of the blast could not immediately be determined but an investigation was underway, Bugti said.




Police and rescue officials soon reached the spot and have started rescue work and at least 15 injured were moved to Quetta's Civil Hospital.

Middle East-based Islamic State, which has a branch of loosely affiliated fighters in Afghanistan and Pakistan, claimed the attack shortly afterwards, saying a motorcycle suicide bomber had killed 17 soldiers.

Several cars parked at the site caught fire after the blast, which also smashed window shutters and doors of the nearby buildings and shops. Attacks have also been reported by groups related to the Taliban.

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

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. However, military intelligence officials denied the Wadh network exists and the father of the alleged leader says his son is not involved with militants attacking the state.



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