5 dead, 20 injured in Quetta suicide blast

QUETTA: As many as five people were killed and over 20 were wounded after a suicide bomber blew himself up in the midst of an Eid bazaar in Aliabad area of Hazara Town, in Quetta on Saturday evening.
“People were busy in shopping near the intersection of Eid Bazaaar in Aliabad when a suicide bomber blew himself up in a huge explosion,” SHO Hazara Town Azher Hussain told The Express Tribune.
“At least five people have so far been killed while more than a dozen others wounded,” he confirmed.
The official said that most of the victims belonged to the Hazara Shia community.
The dead bodies and the injured were shifted to Bolan Medical Complex (BMC) and Combined Military Hospital (CMH) for treatment.
“Four dead bodies and several injured were brought here,” a doctor at BMC said.
“At least 20 injured, including a female and five children, were brought here,” medics at CMH told the reporters.
A rescue worker warned that the toll may rise. “Children and women were also among the casualties.”
The area has been cordoned off by police and security forces. Dozens of ambulances and rescue workers were also rushed to the site soon after the blast.
Police said that a temporary bazaar had been set up ahead of Eid festivities. “More than a hundred people were present in the bazaar when blast occurred,” a police official in Hazara Town said.
A spokesperson Balochistan government said the blast, the second on Saturday, is a conspiracy to disturb the peace in Quetta. “Government condemned the killings and directed the law enforcing agencies to investigate the incident.”
The President and Prime Minister have also condemned the blast, while the chief minister has sought a report on the incident.