Quetta bleeds once again

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From Our Correspondent

QUETTA: At least 15 people have been martyred, including 8 Army Jawans, and dozens wounded – some of them critically – in a bomb attack on a military vehicle in a high-security neighbourhood of Quetta yesterday night. The bomb went off at the busy Pishin Stop triggering a fire on several vehicles parked nearby. The official statement from the ISPR stated that among the 15 who had been martyred in the bomb blast, 8 were Pakistan Army Jawans. The death toll is feared to go up as some of those injured are said to be in critical condition. The casualties have been shifted to the city’s hospitals where a state of emergency has been declared. Medics say some of the injured have life-threatening wounds, while the bodies of the dead are charred beyond recognition. 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. Police are not sure about the nature of the explosion as bomb disposal squad has been called in. However, according to some sources, it was a bomb attack and the target was a vehicle of security forces. Windows of buildings in the neighbourhood have been shattered by the thud of the blast. Pishin Stop is a busy area which is dotted with hotels, restaurants and shops. It is also a high-security zone which houses several important buildings, including FC Headquarters, Balochistan Assembly, Chief Minister House, Governor House and Balochistan High Court. Meanwhile, Prime Minister Abbasi condemned the Quetta bombing and directed the authorities concerned to provide best medical treatment to the injured. Army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa called the attack “an attempt to mar Independence Day festivity” in the country.

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