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Bomb blast injures 13 in Quetta

April 24, 2013
— File Photo
— File Photo

QUETTA: At least 13 people including two children were injured in a bomb blast in Quetta’s Satellite Town area on Wednesday, DawnNews reported.

According to sources, the blast occurred near a private hospital and the bomb was planted on a bicycle which was detonated using a remote control.

According to preliminary investigation, at least two kilograms of explosives were used in a blast.

Later, police shifted the injured to the Civil Hospital where the condition of two wounded was reported as critical.

Moreover, police and Frontier Corps (FC) cordoned off the area and started their investigation.

Earlier, on Tuesday, at least six people were killed and more than 45 others were injured in a powerful explosion in Nichari road area of Quetta

The banned Lashkar-i-Jhangvi (LJ) claimed responsibility for the car bomb attack. A spokesman for the group, Abubakar Siddiq, called local reporters and said it had carried out the attack.

The Hazara Democratic Party’s chairman, Abdul Khaliq Hazara, had a narrow escape as he was passing through the area after addressing an election corner meeting when the blast took place.

Mir Zubair Mehmood, the Capital City Police Officer in Quetta told that the casualties were due to suicide bombing.

Police said the bomber was driving the car towards Alamdar Road, probably to carry out an attack on members of the Hazara community, but he detonated the vehicle when the FC soldier flagged it down.

“As a result of powerful explosion that was heard across the city, six people, including the FC man, were killed and 37 others, four children among them, were injured,” Quetta police chief Mir Zubair Mehmood said.

The explosion damaged more than 10 houses and shops. “The election office of Sehr Gul, a candidate of the PML-Nawaz, is also in the same area,” police said.

The FC post was also damaged.

Police and FC personnel took the bodies and the injured to the Sandeman Civil Hospital and the Combined Military Hospital.

“The FC soldier and two other people were killed on the spot and three others died in the CMH,” police said.

Hospital sources said at least 10 injured people were in a critical condition.

The bomb disposal squad told that 80 to 100 kilogram of explosive materials were used in the attack. The strength of blast jolted nearby areas and its loud and powerful sound was heard far and wide in Quetta city.

This blast came in the aftermath of three coordinated blasts which left eight people injured in the city.

Balochistan Governor Nawab Zulfiqar Ali Magsi and Chief Minister Nawab Ghous Bakhsh Barozai condemned the blasts.

The caretaker chief minister also visited the CMH and inquired after the health of the injured.

He announced that the provincial government would bear the expenditure on their treatment.