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Over 12 dead, 20 injured in Quetta's Pishin Stop blast

Over 12 dead, 20 injured in Quetta's Pishin Stop blast

A powerful blast targeting a military vehicle on Saturday night killed at least 15 people and wounded 32 others in Pakistan's southwestern province of Balochistan, which borders Iran and Afghanistan, officials said.

"An attempt to mar independence day festivity. Our resolve won't succumb to any challenge", DG ISPR Major-General Asif Ghafoor posted on Twitter.

The army truck was passing by Quetta's Pishin Stop area of the city when it was targeted by the explosion.

ISPR confirmed 15 people were martyred including 7 civilians while 25 were injured, including 15 civilians.

According to the ISPR, army troops threw a security cordon around the area as fire engines reached the site to douse the blaze on the vehicles.

"We are trying to provide best possible facilities to the injured people", he said, adding that the holidays of all doctors in the city were suspended. Balochistan Home Minister Sarfaraz Bugti said the deceased include officials of security force and civilians. The area is also considered to be comparatively well secured, due to the presence of Balochistan assembly, Chief Minister House, Governor House and Balochistan High Court in the vicinity.

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In February, two bomb disposal squad members were killed and 11 others wounded in an explosion under Quetta's Saryab Bridge, local media reported.

Fire fighting vehicles were able to douse the fire which had spread to multiple vehicles.

All the injured were shifted to Civil Hospital Quetta for treatment and rescue operations are underway.

Rescue services reached the site promptly after the explosion.

A judicial report released after an attack on the province's lawyers left more than 70 dead criticised security provisions in the region and called for increased clampdowns on extremists.


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