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Eight army personnel among 15 martyred in Quetta's Pishin stop blast

12 August 2017, 10:41 | Darnell Patrick

The writer is a syndicated columnist and a former member of India’s Rajya Sabha

The writer is a syndicated columnist and a former member of India’s Rajya Sabha

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.

According to ISPR, an army truck was the main target of the terrorists. "Our resolve won't succumb to any challenge", Maj Gen Asif Ghafoor tweeted.

Other officials in the area, including the spokesman for the Balochistan government, also confirmed the toll although medical officials had earlier put the number of casualties at eight killed and 17 injured.

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.

"It would be unfair to call the incident a security lapse", Bugti said.

Security forces reached the scene and cordoned off the area.

The blast took place near Mehdi Hospital at Pishin Stop.

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"At least 32 others are wounded", Balochistan Home Minister Sarfaraz Bugti said following the blast, which reportedly targeted a vehicle carrying military personnel.

Fire fighting vehicles were able to douse the fire which had spread to multiple vehicles.

The bomb went off at the busy Pishin Stop triggering a fire on several vehicles parked nearby.

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.

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

Daesh, a Takfiri terrorist group which mainly operates in the Middle East but has also established a branch in Afghanistan, has claimed several attacks in the Pakistani territory in the recent past.



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