At least one rescue worker was killed and 11 others, including four policemen, have been injured in two explosions within half an hour near Quetta’s Khezi Chowk, police confirmed on Thursday.
The first blast was initially being reported as a cylinder blast. Around 30 minutes after the first explosion, a second one was reported as rescue officials, police and journalists gathered at the site.
Dunya News is reporting that its reporter Abrar Ahmed and cameraman Rehmat Ali are among the injured.
The area has been cordoned off.
The deceased has been identified as Naeem. He worked for Chhipa Welfare Association.
Balochistan government spokesperson Liaquat Shahwani confirmed that the first blast was a cylinder explosion. He said that the nature of the second blast has yet to be ascertained.
The officials of the bomb disposal squad, however, said that the blasts were carried out through a remote controlled device.
Balochistan Home Minister Ziaullah Langau said that the bomb blasts could be a reaction to Wednesday’s operation against terrorists in Quetta.
Six alleged militants were killed during a five-hour operation by the CTD and intelligence agencies Wednesday morning at a compound in Quetta’s Eastern Bypass area.