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20 die in Quetta market blast

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20 die in Quetta market blast

ISLAMABAD: At least 20 people including two children were martyred after an improvised explosive device (IED) exploded at a vegetable market in Quetta on Friday.
The death toll was confirmed by DIG Quetta Abdul Razzaq Cheema.
One Frontier Corps soldier was also martyred in the attack while 48 others, including eight security personnel, were injured.
The senior police official added that at least eight of those killed in the blast at the Hazarganji area of the provincial capital belonged to Hazara community.
“The IED was concealed in a sack of potatoes,” said the DIG.
The bomb detonated near a site where produce was being loaded for distribution around the market.
“I was loading a small truck and I heard a huge bang and it seemed as if the earth beneath me had shaken and I fell down,” said Irfan Khan, a labourer, from his hospital bed.
Security forces cordoned the area after the blast and the injured were shifted to nearby hospitals for medical treatment. The DIG further said that 11 bodies were shifted to Civil Hospital Quetta while three were moved to Bolan Medical Centre.
Since 2012, attacks against the ethnic Hazara community, have been on the rise. Hazara casualties include everyone from students and government employees to sportsmen.
Prime Minister Imran Khan condemned the attack and sought a report from the authorities. He directed the government to ensure the injured received the best medical care available.
Chief Minister Balochistan Jam Kamal Khan condemned the attack and expressed solidarity with the victims. He promised swift action against the perpetrators of the incident and directed authorities to ensure the injured were provided quality medical treatment.
Governor Balochistan Amanullah Khan Yasinzai also condemned the attack and urged the law enforcement agencies (LEAs) to increase security and arrest the terrorist elements.
President Arif Alvi, Home Minister Zia Lango, Sindh Governor Imran Ismail, Pakistan Peoples Party chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz leader Ahsan Iqbal also condemned the incident.
Meanwhile, hours after at least 20 people including two children martyred in an improvised explosive device (IED) explosion at a vegetable market in Quetta, one person was martyred and at least 11 others including two FC personnel injured in a similar incident in Chaman on Friday.
According to police officials, the powerful explosion took place at Palestine Chowk – Mall Road-Trench Road junction – of the Balochistan’s border town.
A 22-year-old man was martyred while 11 others including two FC personnel sustained injuries in the explosion, SHO Gul Muhammad confirmed. The explosion occurred when a FC vehicle was passing through the area, he added.
After collecting evidence from the site, the bomb disposal squad declared it an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) blast, adding that explosives were planted in a motorcycle parked in the area.
Police and FC paramilitary force cordoned off the whole area in the aftermath of the incident while a fire brigade unit successfully doused the fire erupted following the explosion.
Injured were rushed to District Headquarter Hospital, where an emergency was imposed. Some of the injured were admitted in critical condition, according to rescue sources, who added that doctors and other paramedic staff were called in at the hospital.
Police officials said that several nearby shops, three cars and eight motorcycles parked in the area were damaged in the explosion.
Mall Road and Trench Road were closed for all traffic following the incident.
Condemning the terrorist attack, Balochistan Chief Minister Jam Kamal Khan expressed deep grief and sorrow over the incident. He directed the officials concerned to keep the security in all sensitive cities of the province on high-alert. CM Khan also directed officials to ensure best possible medical assistance to the injured.
Reaffirming his commitment to utilise all resources in eradicating terrorism from the province, the chief minister vowed not to allow terrorists regain composure.