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Blast in Quetta kills one, injures 14


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A security official surveys the wreckage of a bicycle at the site of a bomb explosion in Quetta, Oct 8, 2012. — Photo by Reuters

QUETTA: A child was killed and 14 others, including at least four policemen, were reported injured in an explosion on Quetta's Double road, DawnNews reported.

Security sources said the blast in Quetta, the capital of Pakistan's southwestern Balochistan province, occurred when a roadside bomb planted on a motorcycle exploded.

Senior police official Wazir Khan Nasir said the bomb was detonated through a remote-controlled device.

A rickshaw and shops in the area were reduced to rubble as a result of the explosion.

Police and FC personnel had surrounded the site of the explosion which had also caused damage to nearby buildings.

The injured were shifted to Civil Hospital Quetta for treatment. Nasir said most of the victims were civilians and that at least two of the wounded are in serious condition.

No group immediately claimed responsibility for the attack.

Pakistan’s southwestern Balochistan province, which borders Iran and Afghanistan, has been wracked by an insurgency waged by ethnic Baloch tribes seeking more political rights and a greater share of profits from the region’s natural resources.

Hundreds of people have died in violence ripping through the province since the insurgency flared in late 2004.

Scores of people are also alleged to have gone missing in the vast, sparsely populated province since then and their families have accused intelligence agencies of carrying out the abductions.

The region has also been hit by attacks blamed on Taliban militants. — DawnNews/AP

Comments (5) Closed

Vikas Gurung Oct 08, 2012 10:23am
Get well soon to all the injured & pray to God no more casualty than this.
Cyrus Howell Oct 08, 2012 08:01am
These attacks won't stop now because those ordering the attacks have to keep the unrest going to achieve their political goals, and so show people the government is not in charge.
noor baloch Oct 08, 2012 02:55pm
These bugti,mengal and marri tribes fight for the power and to loot the resources of balochistan ,they blackmail pakistan on one hand,causes murders and bombblasts on other hand.This anti national terrorists want FC,Out so that he can have his own police and ups the anti national terror acts.He is subjugating and threatening pakistan. These are the murderers and corrupt vaderas ,they know loot,they are not the saviours.They want F.C out to keep up and increase their antinational terror attacks
baluchi Oct 09, 2012 02:26am
Baloch deserve the right to decide whether they want to stay independent or with pakistan.
Yasmin Oct 08, 2012 02:37pm
Innocent people of Quetta being killed in such incidents and Govt. is failed to curb such tyrant acts of terrorists. And yet Mr. Rehman Malik and Mr. Raisani claim security in province is under control. One should let them know its not their security we ask about which surly is under control; its public security which is jeopardized every single moment.