14 killed in bomb blast in Pakistan

16 Killed 30 Injured In Bomb Blast At Pakistan Market

16 Killed 30 Injured In Bomb Blast At Pakistan Market

At least sixteen people - including two children and a Frontier Corps official - were Friday killed and several sustained injuries in an explosion at fruit and vegetable market near Quetta's Hazarganji. "The blast was targeting members of the Hazara community", DAWN quoted Deputy Inspector General (DIG) Abdul Razzaq Cheema as saying. Whether it was timed or remote-controlled, our experts will tell.

Out of 16 dead, eight belonged to Hazara community, he said. "Right now they are investigating".

The police chief said at least eight Shiites were among the dead, as well as a paramilitary soldier and seven other people.

The injured are being treated at hospitals in the area. An emergency has been declared at both hospitals. Cheema said. "We have arranged transportation back [home] for Hazaras who remained unhurt in the attack".

No group has immediately claimed responsibility for the attack but outlawed Sunni extremist groups have claimed similar attacks in the past.

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In 2013, three bombings killed more than 200 people in Hazara neighbourhoods.

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

Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan and President Arif Alvi issued statements condemning the attack and adding that it would not weaken "the resolve of the nation in the fight against terrorism".

Balochistan Chief Minister Jam Kamal Khan has strongly condemned the blast and extended his condolences with the bereaved families. "We must foil the conspiracy to disrupt peace".

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