Update Quetta Blast: Nine Killed to include 3 FC Personnel with 40 Injured
QUETTA: A huge explosion shook Civil Lines area of Quetta on Saturday killing at least nine people with multiple injured, officials reported.
The outlawed Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) have claimed responsibility for the attack.
“The TTP’s TSG unity carried out the attack that targeted the convoy of security forces,” Taliban spokesperson, Mohammad Khorasani said in a statement.
Initial reports suggest, the power blast which targeted a Frontier Corps convoy passing through Jinnah Road, left three security personnel dead and over 40 people injured, confirmed DIG Imtiaz Shah.
The site of the blast is a commercial area with a number of markets located in the vicinity.
"We can not ascertain right now whether it was an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) or a suicide bomb attack," said Balochistan province's home secretary Akbar Durrani.
Heavy firing was also heard in the area following explosion. Three police were reportedly injured in the attack.
Television footage showed several wounded FC personnel being shifted from the scene.
Rescue teams and law enforcement agencies reached the scene and cordoned off the area.
An emergency has been declared in all nearby hospitals including Civil Hospital Quetta, sources told media.
On January 13, a suicide bomber blew himself up outside a polio vaccination centre in Quetta, killing at least 15 people, mainly police personnel.
The policemen were posted outside the centre to accompany polio workers on the third day of a vaccination campaign, which are frequently targeted by Taliban and other militant groups in Pakistan.
Officials are gathering evidence from the scene while others were collecting body parts to put in bags.
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