Eight army jawans among 15 martyred in Quetta terrorist attack

Eight army jawans among 15 martyred in Quetta terrorist attack

At least 15 people were killed and 30 injured in an explosion in the Pakistani northwestern city of Quetta, Sputnik reported.

The Islamic State Khorasan Province - the Middle Eastern group's affiliate in Afghanistan and Pakistan - released a statement claiming the attack, according to the US-based monitoring group SITE.

Balochistan Home Minister Sarfaraz Bugti refused to give any information about the nature of the blast saying "rescue operations are our priority".

It said the explosives sparked fires in nearby vehicles.

Balochistan Home Minister Sarfraz Bugti also confirmed that a military truck was the target.

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.

Bugti said firefighters were working to put out the blaze.


The explosion reportedly took place in a vehicle.

The explosion occurred in the Pishun Stop locality of the city, which remains busy on weekend due to high number of restaurants and shops.

Quetta's chief of bomb disposal squad, Aslam Tareen, said initial information was that a suicide attacker rammed a motorcycle into a military vehicle. Multiple cars caught fire after the explosion.

The province was rocked by a series of attacks late a year ago that claimed over 180 lives and raised concerns about a growing militant presence, including fighters affiliated with Islamic State, which has claimed several bombings in Baluchistan.

"The attack was aimed to lessen our passion to celebrate Pakistan's independence", the COAS said.

ISPR Director General Major General Asif Ghafoor said in a Twitter post that Chief of the Army Staff has condemned the attack and termed it an attempt to mar the Independence Day Celebrations. An state of emergency has been declared in the hospitals of Quetta.

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