11 killed in Pakistan blast

Quetta, Pakistan, June 23 (IBNS): At least five people were killed and 12 injured in a vehicle bomb explosion near Shohada Square in north-west Pakistan's Quetta city on Friday morning, Radio Pakistan said.

Local police said explosives in a auto parked close to the office of the chief of provincial police were detonated by remote control Friday morning.

The blast occurred close to Inspector General of Police Ehsan Mehboob's office.

Abdul Razzaq Cheema, director general of police in Baluchistan province, of which Quetta is capital, said the bomber had detonated a vehicle packed with explosives.

Officials said body parts of the suspected bomber, strewn across the site of the blast, are being collected along with other evidence for forensic examination.

He said that steps should be taken to provide the injured with best medical treatments in hospitals.

Following the blast, security forces cordoned off the affected site and conducted a search operation in the surrounding areas, with the army dispatching helicopters from Peshawar to Parachinar "for the speedy evacuation of the injured to Peshawar", according to a statement issued by the military's media wing.

Five of the wounded were in critical condition, police officials said.

The third major attack to rock Parachinar this year, the blasts struck hours before iftar, when the streets are often crowded with people shopping for food to break their fast with the evening Ramazan meal.

Pakistani residents carry an injured man on Friday after the blasts at a market in Parachinar, capital of Kurram tribal district. He said that the explosion was powerful enough that it was heard across the city.

TV footage showed several badly damaged cars and a road littered with broken glass.

They said these cowardly attacks reflect growing frustration of terrorists and extremists who have even targeted innocent civilians during the holy month of Ramadan. Photo: Geo NewsBalochistan government spokesperson Anwarul Haq Kakar said, based on initial investigation, that the incident was the result of a suicide auto bombing.

Expressing grief and sorrow over the loss of precious lives in the incident, he prayed for the early recovery of the injured.

Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan has strongly condemned the Quetta blast.

  • Leroy Wright