At least 14 people were killed and over 10 injured in an explosion near a polio vaccination center in Pakistan’s Quetta’s Satellite Town on Wednesday, Baluchistan Home Minister Mir Sarfaraz Bugti said.
The Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) claimed the attack on Facebook and in an email sent to journalists.
“The blast was apparently carried out by a suicide bomber,” Bugti said, speaking to media after the blast.
Thirteen of the dead are policemen while one of them is an FC official, he said.
“We will not bow down before terrorists,” said Bugti, adding that the blast was an effort to disrupt peace in Baluchistan.
Deputy Inspector General (DIG) Police Quetta Syed Imtiaz Shah said seven to eight kilogramme of explosives were used in the blast. He said most of the victims were policemen who laid down their lives to guard polio workers.
An intelligence officer, who declined to be named, confirmed to DawnNews that it was a suicide attack.
“Body pieces of the suicide bomber have been collected by security agencies to initiate a probe into the incident,” said the official.
The casualties were shifted to Civil Hospital Quetta, where an emergency has been imposed.
Dr Rasheed Jamali, a senior doctor, told DawnNews that at least five critically injured victims were shifted to Combined Military Hospital Quetta for treatment.
Witnesses at the site said they heard firing after a loud blast rocked the area. The glass windows of nearby buildings shattered due to intensity of the blast. Read More