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Quetta: Kerani Road blast toll rises to 79
 


February 16, 2013 - Updated 2359 PKT
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QUETTA: The death toll of Kerani Road bombing has risen to 79, bringing the number of injured down to 170 as more of the critical victims succumbed to their wounds, Geo News reported.

 

DIG Wazir Khan Nasir was reported by a foreign news agency as saying that all the dead belonged to Hazara community and the death toll might rise.

 

A large number of women and children are among the victims of the mega blast that hit Qutta on Saturday.

 

Earlier CCPO Quetta said 63 people were killed and 180 others injured in the blast, however the toll ticked up to 79 later.

 

He said the Improvised Explosive Device (IED) the terrorists planted in a watertank was armed with around 800-1000 kilograms of high-grade detonable material.

 

He said people with critical injuries would be flown to Karachi through military aircraft C-130.

 

The officer said an official day of mourning would be observed over the incident in Balochistan on Sunday.

 

According to reports the explosion demolished several markets in the area.

 

More casualties were feared as many of the injured were in critical condition.

 

Adjacent areas reverberated with intense firing following the blast while heavy contingent of police and Frontier Corps (FC) rushed to the spot and cordoned off the area.They were not allowing people including media men to reach the spot.

 

Rescue sources said plumes of smoke were seen shortly after the huge blast. Many vehicles were also damaged due to the blast.Enraged people took to the streets and protested the blast, pelting vehciles with stones and blocking roads. Most of the people were busy in shopping as the blast hit market.

 

Initial reports said four people were killed while many others injured. However, Geo News correspondent says death toll started climbing as victims succumbed to their wounds in hospitals where a state of emergency was declared. He says the blast occurred in a bazaar located near a densely populated area.

 

The dead and injured were taken to the Civil Hospital and Bolan Medical Complex. Police also confirmed the blast. However, nature of the blast and identities of the victims were yet to be ascertained.

 

Various religious and political parties have announced to mark day of mourning over the tragic incident.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Reader Comments
Well done all intelligence agencies,FC,Levy and civil police who call it sectarian act,stop being ostrich,do not hide face behind grading it sectarian,someone is definitely involved out of you otherwise water tank with 1000kg explosive cannot go un noticed,it takes long procedure and route to reach site.

syed baqar ahsan
Pakistan
Inna Lillahi wa inna ilaihi raji'un A desperate attempt to increase unrest in Pakistan, Let's hope they our enemies failed. We are not stopping IP or connecting Gawadar with china and central asia.

Waqar
Pakistan
he wrote that when he was born it was Pakistan, but now a different country called Bangladesh, and he got the passport with the change, he told me that he got so sick on the condition of Pakistan for many many years, that he dont want this name "Pakistan" on any of his papers.

Qamarul Huda
USA
I have a friend in US, he was born in formerly East Pakistan, his family migrated to US some 38 years ago, he got all his education in US and a senior engineer now, in normal weekend talks he will be talking Pakistan and Pakistan and Pakistan, his only paper which shows his connection to Pakistan is US passport which shows place of birth, for renewal of his passport, on the form he wrote place of birth Bangladesh, he recieved a letter from state department for this change, Contd

Qamarul Huda
USA
If the citizens COLLECTIVELY refuse to vote for PPP, then is saved. If they vote for PPP through rigging or force, then Pakistan is no more and it is too late to think of Pakistan. Why? Mullahs, antiquated logic, no education, biradari system, cobweb of corruption and a WILLFUL NEGLIGENCE to punish felons, terrorists, and murderers. Saudia Arabia, UAE have also extracted their pound of flesh from a WEAK government not willing to act. Salams to Pakistan.

N Habib
Pakistan
THIS IS THE ACT OF ANTI PAKISTAN FORCES - WE SHOULD HAVE DEVELOPED A STRATEGY AGAINST THIS - WHAT IS THAT? GET MORE PEOPLE KILLED AND GIVE MONEY AS THE SOLUTIONS? SHAME ON US ?! IS THIS ONLY WHAT WE CAN DO?

OMAR
Canada
So comforting to see that pakistani brothers have still not lost the focus and are aware that the attack was a brainchild of India/US/Israel. That's the spirit. keep it up. And the number of deads are also going to keep up with your habit: the more deluded you become, the more the number of innocents killed.

Manish
India
Plz plz plz....................... God save our country

Shukria
Pakistan
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