Blast near IG office in Quetta leaves 13 dead
QUETTA (92 News) – A massive suicide car explosion in a highly secure area of the provincial capital’s Gulistan Road near IG Office has killed at least 13 people including five police personnel and wounded more than 20 including police personnel on Friday.
The explosion took place early in the morning in Quetta’s Gulistan Road near IG Office when the streets were packed with commuters and just days ahead of the Eidul Fitr.
The law enforcement agencies reached the spot and cordoned off the area.
Rescue officials reached the spot and shifting the injured people to local hospital for medical assistance. Injured people include security personnel.
The explosive material was planted in car which completely destroyed in the explosion.
Around 20-25 kilogram of explosive material was used in the explosion, the nature of the blast could not be ascertained yet.
Talking to media, DIG Police Quetta Abdul Razzaq Cheema said that the blast occurred when the vehicle was stopped for routine checkup.
He said that according to eye witness the blast occurred in the vehicle, adding that two cars destroyed in the explosion.
The DIG Police said that it appeared the bomber had detonated a car packed with explosives.
An injured police personnel said that the terrorists wanted to target IGP office, adding that six police personnel were present at the time of explosion.
Balochistan government spokesperson Anwarul Haq Kakar said that as per initial reports, the incident was the result of a suicide car bombing.
Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar has strongly condemned the Quetta blast.
Expressing grief and sorrow over the loss of precious lives in the incident, he prayed for the early recovery of the injured.
Meanwhile, Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif and Chief Minister Balochistan Nawab Sanaullah Khan Zehri have strongly condemned the bomb blast in Quetta.
In their messages, they expressed grief and sorrow over the loss of precious lives in the bomb blast.
Balochistan Chief Minister directed the concerned authorities to provide better medical facilities to the injured people.