8 security personnel among 15 killed in Pakistan's Quetta blast

2017-08-13 00:25:19 GMT2017-08-13 08:25:19(Beijing Time) Xinhua English

ISLAMABAD, Aug. 13 (Xinhua) -- At least 15 people, includingeight security personnel, were killed and 30 others injured in abomb blast that hit a security forces' truck in the Pakistani cityof Quetta, the provincial capital of the country's southwestprovince of Balochistan on Saturday evening, officials said.

Anwar ul Haq Kakar, a spokesman for the Balochistan government,said that incident took place when a blast hit a truck carryingsecurity personnel at 9.20 p.m. local time at a busy area of PashinChowk in Quetta.

The Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR), the mouth piece ofPakistani army, said that at least eight security personnel areamong the 15 persons killed in the blast.

Rescue teams, police and security forces rushed to the site andshifted the bodies and injured to the Civil Hospital of thecity.

Hospital sources said that the death toll might further rise asfive of the injured are in critical condition.

A state of emergency has been declared in all the hospitals ofthe city.

Nature of the blast is not known yet. However, some local mediareports said it was a suicide attack, but officials did not confirmit yet.

Two cars, four rickshaws and two motorbikes parked nearby wereburnt as a fire broke out after the huge explosion. Severalbuildings were also damaged due to the high intensity of the blastthat was heard miles away from the site.

No group has claimed for the attack yet.

Pakistani President Mamnoon Hussain condemned the attack andasked the authorities concerned to provide best available medicaltreatment to the injured. Enditem