At least 11 dead as bomb targets passenger bus in Quetta; several hurt
QUETTA: At least 11 people lost their lives and at least 23 others including two children sustained wounds as a result of an explosion in a packed passenger bus here at Saryab Road on Monday, police officials said.
According to the SSP Operations, the dead and injured, most of them critically, have been shifted to a local hospital.
He said the explosion was carried out through a timed device, adding that at least 6 kilogram of explosives were placed at the roof of the bus.
An emergency has been imposed in all hospitals of the Balochistan capital.
Speaking in Geo New programme 'Aaj Shahzeb Khanzada Kay Saath', Chief Minister Balochistan Dr Abdul Malik Baloch condemned the attack. He said he also heard the loud explosion and ever since has been following the developments.
CM Malik confirmed that the timed device was used to carry out the explosion, which he added ripped apart the roof of the vehicle.
Police and rescue services reached the site of the blast immediately after the incident. The law enforcement agencies cordoned off the area and launched an investigation into the explosion.
The bus was crowded with passengers, most of them from the outskirts of Quetta, when the powerful explosion ripped through the bus.
The Bomb Disposal Squad (BDS) also reached the blast spot and started collecting evidence.
Balochistan Home Minister Sarfaraz Bugti said the battle will continue against terrorism until complete elimination of the menace from the country.
He said more steps will be taken to ensure protection to the life and property of the people.