Seven killed, several injured in blast near court in Pakistan's Balochistan
Quetta (Pakistan) | Jagran News Desk: At least seven people were killed and several were injured in a blast at Quetta in Pakistan's Balochistan on Monday.
According to Dawn News, the blast occured when a demostration was taking place near the Quetta Press Club located on Shahrah-i-Adalat. Several vehicles were also damaged in the blast.
A senior Pakistani police official, quoted by Dawn News, said that the attack was carried out by a suicide bomber.
Security personnel have cordoned off the area and are conducting a search operation. Officials added that the nature of the blast has not yet been ascertained.
According to Quetta Civil Hospital spokesperson Waseem Baig, at least seven persons were killed and 19 others injured in the incident.
Minister of Interior Blaochistan Zia Langove said that the number of those injured by the blast may rise.
Last month in a similar incident, 15 were killed and over 20 were injured after a blast occured at a mosque in Quetta. The blast had taken place after the Maghrib prayers in the densely populated Ghousabad neighbourhood of Satellite Town area.
A senior police officer, Haji Amanullah was among the deceased, a Pakistani official had said.
The mosque which was located in the densely populated area of Pashtun-majority area, was being searched by the bomb disposal squad and security personnel and an emergency was also declared at local hospitals in the area.
A TV footage showed debris and shattered glass spread on floor of the mosque, reported AFP. However, no one had claimed the responsibility of the attack.
Balochistan Chief Minister Jam Kamal Khan had condemned the attack and had expressed grief of loss of lives while state Home Minister Zia Langove had said, "defeated terrorists will never be allowed to succeed."
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.
(With PTI inputs)
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