QUETTA: Twenty people have died and many injured in Quetta blast that took place on Friday morning.
The blast shook the Quetta Hazarganji sabzi mandi early in the morning at 7.35 am, DIG Quetta Abdul Razzaq Cheema said while talking to media.
Twenty people have lost their lives and as many as forty-eight injuries are reported.
Police and the provincial authorities have said:
- Among the dead were eight Hazara, an FC official, and two children.
- At least 48 others were reported with injuries, including three security personnel.
Mir Zia Ullah Langau Balochistan Home Minister has said in a press conference that initial investigation reports suggest it was a suicide bombing, and it did not target any particular community.
The injured are being treated at Bolan Medical Complex.
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One of the injured victim speaking from the hospital bed have said:
“I was loading a small truck and I heard a huge bang and it seemed as if the earth beneath me had shaken and I fell down,”
“The atmosphere was filled with black smoke and I could not see anything, I could hear people screaming for help and I was also screaming for help.”
“The air was filled with the stinging smell of burnt human flesh”.
Prime Minister Imran Khan has summoned a report on the Quetta Hazarganji blast. He strongly condemns the tragic incident
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Tweet From PTI
We strongly condemn the terrorist attack in #Quetta that resulted in the loss of innocent lives. Prayers for the injured and for the precious lives lost in this heinous attack. Condolences to the families who lost their loved ones.
Bilawal Bhutto Zardari has tweeted and said
Condemn the terrorist attack in #Quetta. The government must stop dragging its feet & take action to counter violent extremism. Thoughts and prayers with the families of the victims.
US Embassy Islamabad has also tweeted
“We strongly condemn today’s terrorist attack on a market in Quetta. We offer our deepest condolences to the victims and their families.”
Senator Sherry Rehman Tweeted
Strongly condemn the attack in Quetta. Terrorist groups must be tackled by Govt but it is unable to even convene a meeting of party leaders to share its challenges or say why it is unable or unwilling to implement NAP in any meaningful way. No political party point scores on this
French Embassy in Pakistan has also tweeted
We strongly condemn the heinous attack that killed18 and wounded 30 in #Quetta. Heartfelt condolences to the families of the victims and wishes of prompt recovery to those wounded.
Dr Tahir-ul-Qadri also condemn the Quetta attack
I strictly condemn the terrorist attack in #Quetta that resulted in the loss of innocent lives. These terrorists and their accomplices must be arrested and need to be trailed forthwith.