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Fifteen killed, several injured in Quetta terrorist incident

12 August 2017, 11:48 | Terri Saunders

Eight army personnel among 15 martyred in Quetta's Pishin stop blast

Explosion in Quetta, Pakistan at least 15 people killed, 32 injured

Pakistan Army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa condemned the attack in Quetta which he called "an attempt to mar Independence Day festivity" in the country, as per The Express Tribune.

The army truck was passing by Quetta's Pishin Stop area of the city when it was targeted by the explosion. "Our resolve won't succumb to any challenge", Maj Gen Asif Ghafoor tweeted.

The Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said that an on-duty security vehicle was targeted in the blast, adding that 10 security officials were also among those injured in the attack. ISPR said "Incendiary explosive was used in the blast due to which nearby vehicles caught fire", as per DawnNews. "Fifteen people including seven civilians were martyred", the statement said.

Security forces have cordoned off the blast site for investigations.

The injured were shifted to the Combined MIlitary Hospital, added the ISPR.

Provincial home minister Sarfraz Bugti and government spokesman Anwar ul Haq Kakar confirmed the death toll and put the number of wounded at 32.

Casualties were also confirmed by rescue and hospital sources.

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The explosion reportedly took place in a vehicle. Fire fighters are trying to control the fire after the explosion.

According to the eyewitnesses, the powerful blast occurred at a high-security area near a security forces vehicle.

Rescue services reached the site promptly after the explosion.

Police and rescue officials soon reached the spot and have started rescue work and at least 15 injured were moved to Quetta's Civil Hospital.

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.

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