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Bystanders are pictured at the site of a bomb explosion in Quetta on Jan 10, 2013.—AFP Photo

QUETTA: At least 12 people, including a child and two security personnel, were killed and 30 others injured in a blast that took place near Quetta’s Bacha Khan chowk on Thursday, DawnNews reported.

The injured included at least four Frontier Corps (FC) personnel and the explosion damaged shops and buildings in the densely populated area of the provincial capital.

The United Baloch Army claimed responsibility for the blast.

Women and children were also among the injured.

According to local security officials, the blast occurred when a time bomb went off under a car parked in the area.

“At least 20 to 25 kilograms of explosives were used in the blast,” Bomb Disposal Squad (BSD) officials were quoted as saying by DawnNews.

Most of the dead were selling vegetables and second-hand clothes, police officer Zubair Mehmood said. Three police officers nearby were injured and a child was among the dead, he said.

Police and rescue teams had reached the site of the blast and security forces had cordoned off the area.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for Thursday’s explosion but Quetta and Balochistan are frequently hit by bomb attacks. — With additional input from Reuters

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Peace Jan 10, 2013 10:59pm
This is a blot on teachings of Islam and humanity. How can we kill our brethren. All the people killed are common guys trying to earn a living for there families who will look after their families now. May Allah bless there souls and give strength to their families to bear this loss. And the perperators of these terrible crimes rot in hell.
Mr. Right Jan 10, 2013 04:49pm
innocent civilians are being killed due to presence of FC personnel in quetta city. so many people have been killed because of their pickets/checkposts across the city, that are the targets of insurgents and terrorists. why don't they leave the city when they can't handle the situation there. one of my friends was recently martyred in a remote control bomb blast because he was moving with FC convoy. only one FC jawan was injured whereas two innocent civilians were killed! they must go to borders now and do their duty there instead of occupying cities! In Quetta near FC head quarter, two way road has been blocked and all the surrounding shops/property has been sealed to bother civilians that has resulted in heavy traffic jams around that area. but the pity is... nobody can ask the question why??? untill and unless FC leaves cities, we won't have peace. thats it! this blast too was actually aimed at mezan chowk checkpost(one of FC's main checkpost in quetta) and look at the loss!!
Abdul Nasar Jan 10, 2013 01:20pm
This deadly bombing can possibly be a reaction to Frontier Corps' alleged operation in Mashkay and Awaran areas of Baluchistan.
Marina Jan 10, 2013 11:54am
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Mushtaq Ahmad Jan 10, 2013 12:24pm
God will only help if you help yourselves----------universal truth