Islamabad [Pakistan], Apr 12 (ANI): Toll in the suicide bomb blast that took place at a vegetable market in Hazar Gunji area of Quetta on Friday rose to 20, provincial authorities have said.
Quoting DIG, Quetta, Abdul Razzaq Cheema, Express Tribune has reported that the blast that occurred around 7:35 am was caused by an improvised explosive device (IED) hidden among vegetables in the market.
“The IED was concealed in a sack of potatoes,” the DIG was quoted as saying.
At least 48 others, including three security personnel, were injured in the blast, the DIG added.
The wounded have been shifted to Bolan Medical Complex and Civil Hospital, while the site of the blast was cordoned off by the security forces, he said.
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Imran Khan took to Twitter to condemn the blast. He has asked for a report on the blast.
“Deeply saddened and have strongly condemned the terrorist attack in Hazarganji market area of Quetta targeting our innocent people. I have asked for an immediate inquiry and increased security for the ppl. Prayers go to the families of the victims and for early recovery of the injured,” Khan tweeted.
Pakistan President Arif Alvi expressed deep shock and sorrow for the victims of the blast. He said that it was “a heinous act of terrorism, which is a reminder for the nation that few remnants of this menace are still left to be eliminated totally."
Condemning the attack, Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry prayed for eternal peace for the departed souls and early recovery of the injured. He said the terrorists wanted to target the process of progress and development by harming peace in the country.
Condemn the terrorist attack in #Quetta. The government must stop dragging its feet & take action to counter violent extremism. Thoughts and prayers with the families of the victims.— BilawalBhuttoZardari (@BBhuttoZardari) April 12, 2019
Have recommendations of Quetta Commission headed by Justice Qazi Faiz Isa been implemented? Sad after such a devisitating terrorist attack, comprehensive & damning report we still fail to act. Had we done so wouldn’t be where we are today. #RespectForJusticeFaezIsa #ImplementNAP— BilawalBhuttoZardari (@BBhuttoZardari) April 12, 2019
“We strongly condemn today’s terrorist attack on a market in Quetta. We offer our deepest condolences to the victims and their families.” -- #AmbJones #Quetta #QuettaAttack #Balochistan #BalochistanAttack #RIP #QuettaBlast #QuettaBlast #QuettaBleeds pic.twitter.com/4xt0ETMUDf— US Embassy Islamabad (@usembislamabad) April 12, 2019
The rescue operations are underway at the site of the blast. The group responsible for the attack is yet to be identified. Further details are awaited. (ANI)