New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: At least 15 persons, including a Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP), were killed and 20 others sustained injuries in a bomb blast at a mosque in Quetta's Satellite Town area on Friday, police reported. The blast took place shortly after Maghrib prayers in the densely populated Ghousabad neighbourhood of Satellite Town area, Pakistani media reported.

Among the deceased was Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Amanullah, confirmed police officials, as cited by The News International. Rescue officials said that the injured have been shifted to the hospital for treatment.

"So far, 13 bodies and 20 injured have been brought here," Dr Wasim Baig, spokesman for a local hospital told Reuters, adding that many of the injured were in serious condition.

A senior police officer, haji Amanullah was among the dead. His son was killed by unknown people last month. A spokesman for Pakistan military said paramilitary troops were conducting a search operation around the site.

Mineral- and gas-rich Balochistan is at the centre of the USD 600 billion China Pakistan Economic Corridor, which is part of
China's Belt and Road infrastructure project.

The mosque which is located in the densely populated area of Pashtun-majority area, was being searched be the bomb disposal squad and security personnel. Meanwhile, an emergency has been decalred at local hospitals in the area.

A TV footage showed debris and shattered glass spread on floor of the mosque, reported AFP.

No one has claimed responsibility of the attacks. 

Pakistan military's media wing ISPR said those who targeted innocents in a mosque can never be true Muslim."

Balochistan Chief Minister Jam Kamal Khan condemned the attack and expressed grief of loss of lives while Balochistan Home Minister Zia Langove said, "defeated terrorists will never be allowed to succeed."

Earlier in May last year, a bomb blast at a mosque in the provincial capital Quetta killed two people, including a prayer leader and injured 28 others.

(with PTI inputs) 

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