15 killed in Pakistan bus stop bombing

The writer is a syndicated columnist and a former member of India’s Rajya Sabha

A powerful blast targeting a military truck today killed at least 15 people, including eight soldiers, and injured over two dozen others in Pakistan's southwestern restive province of Balochistan.

At least 12 people were killed and 30 injured after explosion rocked a high-security zone of Quetta's Pishin Stop in Pakistan.

Baluchistan's Home Minister Mir Sarfaraz Bugti said the bomb was apparently kept in a vehicle parked near the bus stop.

Spokesperson for the provincial government Anwarul Haq Kakar has confirmed the number of injured in an exclusive talk with Dunya News.

Earlier, Geo News citing rescue and hospital sources reported 17 people had been killed in the attack.

An official of the Edhi trust in Quetta said around 15 bodies were shifted before adding that the death toll could be much higher. He added the terrorists do not want the people to celebrate the Independence Day.

"Our resolve (to fight the menace of terrorism) won't succumb to any challenge", the Army Chief was quoted as saying by the Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) on Saturday.

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The intensity of the blast was reportedly severe as it was heard in far off areas and caused a huge fire in which some vehicles and auto rickshaws were also damaged.

The ISPR confirmed that seven civilians were among the 15 martyrs, while 25, including 15 civilians, were injured in the attack. Police and other law enforcement forces have cordoned off the area.

The injured were rushed to Civil Hospital, where a state of emergency was declared.

Balochistan Home Minister Sarfraz said that it was a big blast. Rescue services have reached the site and are conducting rescue activities.

Militant groups operating in the province have previously claimed responsibility for attacking security forces. As a result nearby vehicles caught fire.

The Balochistan Assembly, Quetta Law College, a private hospital and many offices are located in the vicinity where the explosion occurred.

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