Six killed in Pakistan blast

Eleven people, including four policemen, were killed and several injured when the police tried to stop the vehicle of a suspected suicide bomber from targeting its offices on Gulistan Road early Friday (today) morning.

The explosion in the capital of the restive Baluchistan province is believed to have been caused by a auto bomb, according to the Daily Pakistan newspaper.

The security personnel of police and FC have cordoned off the area and the injured have been shifted to nearby Civil Hospital.

Pakistani nursing staff attend an injured girl at a hospital in Quetta, Pakistan, Friday, June 23, 2017.

Baig said that initially five bodies and 16 injured were brought to the hospital, but later six of the wounded succumbed to their injuries during the treatment, increasing the death toll to 11. He said the nature of the blast is yet to be determined.

The explosion targeted a police checkpost near the complex housing the Balochistan police chief's office, local police officer Muhammad Akbar said as quoted by Pakistani media.

Baluchistan government spokesman Anwar ul Haq Kakar said the blast happened when police officers stopped a auto to search it near a checkpoint. A powerful bomb went off near the office of the provincial police chief in southwest Pakistan on Friday, causing casualties, police said.

Reportedly, several people have been injured and 11 died including 4 police officers in the incident. The police are also thoroughly searching people entering the hospital.

DIG Abdul Razzaq Cheema said that it was a suicide blast as per eye witnesses, however, investigation into the matter is underway.

No one claimed responsibility for the attack but Kakar blamed neighboring India for the blast.

Meanwhile, Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif and Chief Minister Balochistan Nawab Sanaullah Khan Zehri have strongly condemned the bomb blast in Quetta.

  • Carolyn Briggs