Quetta Blasts: Scores Killed In Suicide Bomb Blast In Quetta, Balochistan

Quetta Blasts: At least 10 people were killed in a suicide blast that targeted a police vehicle in southwestern Pakistan on Monday, officials said.

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Two policemen identified as Abdul Rasool s/o Abdul Majeed; Mohammad Zaman s/o Muhammad Hasan, and one Levies personnel M.Hameed s/o Abdul Ghafoor were among the dead. The injured, three of them in a critical condition, have been shifted to hospital.

“We have received 10 bodies so far and 35 injured in Civil Hospital,” a hospital official told Reuters. Two police personnel were among the dead, a senior police official confirmed.

According to reports in Pakistan media, the suicide bomber was coming from Sharea Iqbal when he reached near a security protection point.which was provided to the demonstrators near the Quetta Press Club. When the security personnel tried to the attacker, he detonated the bomb.

A number of vehicles were badly damaged and scores of buildings’ window panes also shattered in the blast. The law enforcement agencies have cordoned off the area.

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Quetta is the capital of Balochistan province, the country’s largest but most scantily populated province, rich in mineral resources and the route of much of the $60bn China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) project.

For more than a decade, Pakistani security forces have been battling rebel groups that want independence for the ethnic Baloch areas of the province. These groups regularly target Pakistani security forces.