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Five people killed in Quetta blast

Nature of explosion yet to be ascertained

SAMAA | - Posted: Jul 30, 2019 | Last Updated: 2 years ago
Posted: Jul 30, 2019 | Last Updated: 2 years ago

At least five people were been killed while 32 others sustained injuries in an explosion near Meezan Chowk in Quetta’s Liaquat Bazar, Civil Hospital’s Deputy Medical Superintendent said on Tuesday.

Dr Javed, Civil Hospital’s DMS, said that four dead bodies were taken to Civil Hospital after the blast. However, an injured died in hospital during the treatment.

At least three policemen, including Additional SHO City Police Station Shafaat Ali, were also injured in the attack.

The blast targeted a police vehicle. The SHO was present in the vehicle when the blast took place, said police officials.

The officials said that a remote-controlled bomb was planted in a motorcycle parked near the police vehicle.

The injured were shifted to a hospital. DIG Abdur Razzak Cheema and Balochistan Home Minister Zia Lango visited the crime scene after the blast.

Police have launched an investigation into the attack.

The Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan has claimed responsibility for the attack. The group’s spokesperson Muhammad Khurasani said in a message that the City Police Station SHO vehicle was the target of attack.

An earlier version of the story had said that two policemen, including additional SHO, were killed. We regret the error and a correction has been made.

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