QUETTA: Three people were killed while 38 others were sustained serious injuries after explosion occurred at Rehmania Masjid of Pashtunabad, Quetta during Friday prayers. Rescue 1122 and police reached the scene and shifted the injured and dead into nearby civil hospital and Bolan medical complex and others nearby local hospital for first aid and medico-legal formalities.
Emergency has been declared in the civil hospital and Bolan medical complex. Explosion occurred at that time when a large number of people were coming for Friday prayers. Security forces took the whole area into their control. According to police nature of the blast is being determined.
Spokesperson Chief Minister Balochistan Liaquat Shahwani said that whoever is involved in this blast, strict action will be taken against him. He said all government institutions are present on the place of incident and all arrangements in the hospitals have also been completed.
It is vital to mention here that a blast had also occurred near police mobile on May 13 at Satellite town, Quetta as a result 5 police personnel were martyred while nine people were injured.
Quetta is the capital of Balochistan, Pakistan’s largest and least populated province; it is also rich in mineral and fuel resources. It has seen regular violence in recent years, with attacks claimed by Baloch separatists, Pakistan Taliban and local affiliates of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL or ISIS) group.
The province has been at the centre of a series of recent attacks that have killed at least 10 people. Last week, at least four policemen died when their vehicles were targeted by an explosion as they stood guard outside a mosque during evening prayers.
On May 12, Baloch separatist attackers stormed a five-star hotel in the southern port city of Gwadar, killing at least five people, including a Navy soldier.
Pakistani security forces engaged in an hours-long gun battle with the attackers, with the siege ending after three attackers were killed.
Balochistan is seeing a number of new infrastructure projects erected, including the port at Gwadar, as part of the $60bn China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) project, a joint venture between the Pakistani and Chinese governments.