Friday, January 19, 2018
   
Text Size

Site Search powered by Ajax

Suicide bomb blast causes multiple deaths in Quetta

Explosion hits high-security zone some 300 metres from the assembly of Baluchistan province.

Quetta

At least six people have been killed, including four police officers, after a suicide bomber struck a security forces bus in the southwestern Pakistani city of Quetta, according to hospital and security officials.

The attack, claimed by the Tehreek-e-Taliban (also known as the Pakistan Taliban) on Tuesday, took place on Zarghoon Road, a busy street in a high-security zone some 300 metres from the assembly of Baluchistan province, of which Quetta is the capital.

"This was to avenge the killing of our fighters [by security agencies] in staged encounters," Taliban spokesman Mohamed Khorasani said.

Shahjehan Panezai, senior hospital official, confirmed the death toll. At least 16 people were also wounded in the explosion.

Security sources said that the attacker, who was on foot, wanted to head towards the assembly. However, he detonated his explosives near the vehicle due to the roads being blocked.

Photographs from the scene of the blast showed the shattered windows of the vehicle and debris strewn near it.

Quetta has been at the centre of recent violence in Pakistan.

The city has come under attack both from armed groups allied with the Tehreek-e-Taliban and separatist fighters.

Last month, at least eight people were killed and dozens wounded in a suicide and gun attack on a church in Quetta. The attack targeted Bethel Memorial Methodist Church as worshippers gathered inside to attend a Sunday midday service.

In November, a senior police official was also killed in a similar attack, while in October at least seven police officials were killed in another roadside bombing.


blog comments powered by Disqus

Subscribe via RSS or Email:

Asma, four, 'raped, strangled to de...

Read More

Myanmar police opens fire on demons...

Read More

Rohingya refugees to return 'within...

Read More

Kashmir: Four Pakistani soldiers ki...

Read More

Defence, trade and Bollywood: Netan...

Read More

'Beyond comprehension': Myanmar adm...

Read More

Global_News

Teenage boy fatally shot as scuffles broke out between deputy sheriff and family after juvenile hearing in US state.

Read More

Donation

Thanks to all of our supporters for your generosity and your encouragement of an independent press!

Enter Amount:

Featured_Author

Login






Login reminder Forgot login?

Subscribe to MWC News Alert

Email Address

Subscribe in a reader Facebok page Twitter page

Week in Pictures

From snowfall to sunshine

Palestinians hold 'day of rage'