Blast targeting military vehicle kills 15 people in Quetta

Pakistan       by Dawood Rehman | Published

Pakistan by Dawood Rehman | Published

The military said an incendiary explosive was used causing fire in vehicles parked near the area. "Our resolve won't succumb to any challenge", General Bajwa said.

Balochistan Home Minister Sarfraz Bugti said that it was a huge explosion that targeted a vehicle of security forces but would be premature to comment on the nature of the explosion.

At least 12 people were killed and 30 injured after explosion rocked a high-security zone of Quetta's Pishin Stop in Pakistan.

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He said terrorists were trying to disrupt Monday's celebrations of 70 years of independence from Britain.

A spokesman for the Balochistan government, Anwar ul Haq Kakar, also confirmed the death toll.

Minister Bugti said firefighters were still working to put out the blaze. He said the holidays of all doctors in the city were suspended. The injured people were taken to a Civil Hospital in Quetta. "Workers are also busy extinguishing the fire at the site", he said.

No terror group claimed responsibility as it has been for previous such incidents in Balochistan, a province rich in oil and gas resources that borders Iran and Afghanistan.

The local affiliate has been known to work with Pakistani militant groups in previous attacks.

At least 14 people - including seven policemen - lost their lives, while 19 others were injured in a suicide blast that shook Shuhada Chowk in Quetta's Gulistan Road area in June. Two cars, rickshaws and motorcycles caught fire after the blast.

Earlier, Geo News citing rescue and hospital sources reported 17 people had been killed in the attack.

The province has also seen a number of attacks carried out by the Lashkar-e-Jhangvi's Al Alami faction, a group with ties to ISIL, known for attacking Shia Muslims.