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81 killed, 121 injured in two consecutive blasts in Quetta: CCPO

SAMAA | - Posted: Jan 10, 2013 | Last Updated: 9 years ago
Posted: Jan 10, 2013 | Last Updated: 9 years ago

Staff ReportQUETTA: The CCPO of Quetta has confirmed that at least 81 persons, including SAMAA cameraman and reporter were killed and 121 persons sustained injuries in two successive powerful blasts on Almadar Road in Quetta, SAMAA reports.One after the other repeated powerful blasts occurred on Alamdar Road in Quetta on Thursday evening, leaving 81 persons killed and 121 others injured. SAMAA’s senior cameraman Imran Sheikh and senior reporter Saif-Ur-Rehman embraced martyrdom while Engineer Jamil Ahmad sustained injuries in lethal blasts. Police and rescue teams rushed to the blast site immediately after receiving information. The dead bodies and injured were moved to Quetta’s Civil and CMH hospitals. Police cordoned off the blast site.Local administration imposed emergency in Civil Hospital and other key hospitals of Quetta to accommodate blasts’ victims. Police SP, Khalid Masood, one DSP, one SHO, 7 police constables and many Edhi volunteers also embraced martyrdom in lethal attack. Many Edhi ambulances damaged in the incident.SAMAA reporter Saif-ur-Rehman went missing for a couple of hours after second blast; later on, he was traced in critically injured condition at CMH. After three hours tussle between death and life, Saif-ur-Rehman succumbed to injuries in hospital.SAMAA DSNG and nearby parked other vehicles along with close houses and shops also damaged badly in lethal blasts Balochistan’s capital city on Thursday.One blast took place underground in a local snooker club and second in a vehicle parked outside the club, informed some eyewitnesses from the blast site. Police said that this was a suicide attack.Some furious people present near the site opened aerial firing after the blasts to express their anger over the attack. Total 81 persons killed and 121 sustained injuries in Almdar Road blasts, confirmed the CCPO of Quetta, saying the first one was a suicide blast.Over 100 kilograms of explosives used in the blasts, informed the bomb disposal squad of Quetta police.Prime Minister Raja Parvez Ashraf took immediate notice of blasts and killings in Quetta and expressed sorrow over people’s deaths. He condoled SAMAA cameraman’s martyrdom in the incident and instructed the concerned authorities to provide best available medical assistance to the blast victims. Balochistan Chief Minister Nawab Aslam Raisani announced three-day mourning in the province. Raisani also announced two million rupees for heirs of each martyred police official and one million rupees for families of other victims.Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists (PFUJ) has announced a country-wide protest against martyrdom of SAMAA cameraman and reporter after Friday’s prayers today. SAMAA

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