Death toll from Mastung suicide blast climbs to 59

52 deaths were recorded in Nawab Ghous Bakhsh Memorial Hospital, six in Civil Hospital, and one in BMC Complex

By Nadeem Kausar
September 30, 2023
Volunteers carry a blast victim on a stretcher at a hospital in Quetta on September 29, 2023, after a suicide bombing in Mastung district. — AFP

QUETTA: Seven more people injured in the suicide blast in Balochistan's Mastung district succumbed to their injuries, taking the death toll of the tragedy to 59, confirmed a spokesperson of the Civil Hospital Quetta on Saturday.

In a statement, the spokesperson said 52 deaths were recorded in the Nawab Ghous Bakhsh Memorial Hospital, six in the civil hospital, and one in the BMC Complex.


A suicide bomber Friday targeted people gearing up for a procession related to Eid Miladun Nabi — the birth anniversary of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) — near a mosque in the Mastung district.

At least 52 people were killed initially, according to district health official Abdul Rasheed, including the children who were aged nine to 11. At least 58 people were injured.

"My feet trembled and I was thrown to the ground," said 49-year-old Hazoor Bakhsh.

"As the dust settled, I saw people scattered in all directions, some screaming while others called out for help."

Hours after the blast in Balochistan, a second attack took place at a mosque in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa's Hangu city and claimed the lives of five people — including a policeman — and injured 12.

The incident took place within the parametres of Police Station Doaba during the Friday sermon — a time when scores of believers are gathered at a mosque for their weekly prayer.

Interim Interior Minister Sarfraz Bugti said earlier today that the Indian intelligence agency, Research and Analysis Wing (RAW), is involved in carrying out terror incidents in Pakistan.

Bugti, in a press conference in Quetta, said that the authorities knew who was involved in these activities and would avenge every drop of blood of Pakistanis.

"We know who is doing it and from where," Bugti maintained, vowing to utilise all state resources against militants.