Thursday, 18 April, 2019

20 killed, 48 wounded in an explosion in Quetta city of Pakistan

Pakistan blast At least 14 killed over 24 injured in Quetta The blast occurred in Hazarganji area of Pakistan’s Quetta on Friday
Jeannette Daniel | 15 April, 2019, 18:44

Senator Rehman Malik, who heads the committee, said the involvement of the "hostile neighbour and other external forces" could not be ruled out as such blasts appeared to be a conspiracy to incite sectarian clashes and destabilise Pakistan.

According to security forces, a vehicle belonging to members of the Hazara community was targeted in the attack.

At least eight of those killed in the bomb blast are from the Hazara community, Cheema said.

Hours after the attack in Quetta, a roadside bomb exploded outside a shop in the southwestern border town of Chama, killing one person and wounding 10 others, police and hospitals officials said.

The Amnesty International, in its statement on Friday, had said the blast was a "painful reminder" of the many attacks suffered by the Hazara community in Quetta over the years.

The protesters are demanding that the government should implement an effective security plan and make sure to protect the Hazara community.

Hazara rights activist Jalila Haider took to Twitter to announce that they would protest outside Quetta Press Club against the persecution and would march towards Islamabad if needed.

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Local reports said that the militant group of Pakistan Taliban has often struck at Shiites community on religious grounds.

Mengal had been detained for three months under maintenance of public order regulations, he said.

Pakistani officials deny Islamic State group (ISIS) is present in the country, but the group has claimed a number of attacks in the past.

Quetta, a city in Baluchistan province that is home to more than half a million Shia Hazara, has witnessed the majority of IS attacks in Pakistan.

The body parts of the suspected attacker have been sent to the Punjab Forensic Science Agency for DNA testing, he said, adding that the test reports would be handed over to Balochistan Chief Minister Jam Kamal.

Balochistan is also the focus of projects in the $57 billion China Pakistan Economic Corridor, a transport and energy link planned to run from western China to Pakistan's southern deepwater port of Gwadar.

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