A blast at a mosque before Friday prayers in Quetta's Pashtunabad killed three persons, including a prayer leader, and injured at least 27 others.
The blast occurred at the Rehmania Mosque at around 1:15pm. However, prayers are held at the mosque at 2:15pm. The injured include children and the elderly but witnesses say the number could have been much higher had the blast occurred an hour later.
They were taken to Civil Hospital, Quetta, which is around 15 to 20 minutes away from the mosque with no traffic. People took the injured to the hospital themselves.
The deceased were identified as prayer leader Molvi Attahur Rehman, Shahzaib and Sultan.
An emergency has been declared at Civil Hospital.
According to SAMAA TV's Quetta bureau chief Jalal Noorzai, the epicentre of the blast seems to be where the imam stood.
The police say that 3,000 personnel are stationed across the city for the security of mosques. However, this mosque is not in the main city and had no security.
Prime Minister Imran Khan condemned the bomb blast and sought a report into the incident from the authorities concerned, a PM office statement said.
President Dr Arif Alvi also condemned the blast, terming it a conspiracy against Pakistan’s development. He expressed grief over the loss of precious lives and prayed for early recovery of those injured.