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Blast targeting military vehicle kills 15 people in Quetta

13 Août 2017

At least 12 people were killed and 30 injured after explosion rocked a high-security zone of Quetta's Pishin Stop in Pakistan.

A bomb exploded near a crowded market in the Pakistani city of Quetta on Saturday, killing at least 15 people, officials said, the latest attack to hit the restive southwestern province of Baluchistan.

It said incendiary explosives were used and that the bomb started fires in nearby vehicles.

Bugti said an investigation was launched to determine the nature of the blast and whether it was a terrorist attack. He said it was not immediately clear if it was a suicide blast or a remotely controlled explosive device. Most of the deceased were security personnel, Samaa TV reported.

Other officials in the area, including the spokesman for the Balochistan government, also confirmed the toll although medical officials had earlier put the number of casualties at eight killed and 17 injured.

A huge fire erupted after the explosion that engulfed four auto rickshaws, four cars and two motorbikes.

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An emergency has been declared in the city following the incident.

In February, two bomb disposal squad members were killed and 11 others wounded in an explosion under Quetta's Saryab Bridge, local media reported.

The area was cordoned off following the blast, with a high-level search operation being initiated.

In August previous year, at least 74 people were killed in a suicide attack on the city's Civil Hospital, while another 60 were killed in an attack on a police academy two months later.

The Islamic State Khorasan Province - the Middle Eastern group's affiliate in Afghanistan and Pakistan - released a statement claiming the attack, according to the US-based monitoring group SITE.

Blast targeting military vehicle kills 15 people in Quetta