Blast in Quetta:
death toll rises to six,
several critical injured

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QUETTA: The death toll in Thursday night’s bomb blast rose to six as two injured succumbed to injuries on Friday. “Another two workers [of Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam-Ideological] lost their lives. They had received multiple injuries in the explosion,” said Maulana Abdul Sattar Chishti, provincial information secretary of the party. The deceased were identified as Sanaullah and Mohammed Ramzan.

A screenshot of the site of the blast near Science College on Quetta’s Jinnah Road on Thursday night. 

Maulana Chishti said that condition of some other injured persons was critical, Dawn has reported.

The explosion took place on Thursday night at the gate of Science College in Quetta when workers and leaders of the JUI-I were returning from the college auditorium at the end of Shuhada Conference. Four people were killed and 16 others injured in the blast.

“Thirteen injured are still under treatment in the civil hospital,” police said.

A picture of the site of the blast near Science College on Quetta’s Jinnah Road on Thursday night. 

No group has claimed responsibility for the blast, but the Counter-Terrorism Department has lodged a case against unknown people.

Balochistan Governor Syed Zahoor Ahmed Agha, Chief Minister Mir Abdul Qudoos Bizenjo, Adviser to the CM on Home Affairs Mir Ziaullah Langove, Finance Minister Noor Mohammad Dammar and others have condemned the blast and termed it an inhuman act.

Mr Agha said that the elements who were behind the blast would be brought to justice soon. He directed the health department to provide best medical treatment to the injured.

A screenshot of the site of the blast near Science College on Quetta’s Jinnah Road on Thursday night. 

The chief minister has taken serious notice of the blast and expressed dissatisfaction over the security arrangement in the provincial capital and sought a report from the inspector general police in this regard.

“Protection of life and property of the people is prime responsibility of the police and other security institutions,” he said.

Mr Bizenjo directed the IG police and the adviser on home affairs to review the security plan and take steps for making security more effective.

Parts of Balochistan receive snowfall, rain

Quetta and other parts of Balochistan received the first snowfall and rain of the winter season on Friday. Ziarat valley, Kan Mehtarzai, Muslim Bagh, Qila Abdullah and some other areas received snowfall which started in the afternoon and continued till late in the night.

QUETTA: A vendor covers his pushcart to protect his dry fruits from rain. The city received the first shower of the winter on Friday.

The rain started in Quetta, Pishin, Kalat, Mastung, Chaman and several other areas on Friday morning and continued with brief intervals throughout the day. Hilltops around Quetta also received light snowfall in the night.

The snowfall affected traffic flow between Sanjavi and Ziarat and some others areas of northern Balochistan, but members of Levies Force and staff of other departments concerned removed snow from the roads.