At least 12 people were killed and 30 injured after explosion rocked a high-security zone of Quetta's Pishin Stop in Pakistan.
"We can now confirm that 15 people have died in the explosion today".
Spokesperson for the provincial government Anwarul Haq Kakar has confirmed the number of injured in an exclusive talk with Dunya News. However, sources cited by local news channels, claimed that the attack was a terror operation executed by the insurgent outfits targeting the vehicle of security personnel.
The blast came two days before Pakistan's 70th Independence Day, and the military chief said it was an effort to mar celebrations.
The intensity of the blast was reportedly severe as it was heard in far off areas and caused a huge fire in which some vehicles and auto rickshaws were also damaged.
Pakistan's army press wing said the patrol was the target and there were at least seven civilians among the 15 killed.
Army troops reached the site of the incident soon after the attack and cordoned off the area.
"We are trying to provide best possible facilities to the injured people", he said, adding that the holidays of all doctors in the city were suspended. "15 people including 7 civilians were martyred", the statement said, adding that 25 people including 15 civilians had been injured and taken to a military hospital. "At least 32 others are wounded", Dawn.com quoted Balochistan Home Minister Sarfaraz Bugti as saying.
Balochistan has oil and gas resources but is afflicted by Islamist militancy, sectarian violence between Sunni and Shiite Muslims and a separatist insurgency. Rescue services and security forces have reached the site and are conducting rescue activities.
Militant groups operating in the province have previously claimed responsibility for attacking security forces. Two cars, rickshaws and motorcycles caught fire after the blast.
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