QUETTA: At least 30 people were killed and over 70 injured in a suicide blast near an Imambargah in Hazara Town area of Quetta.
Police says that at least 30 people were killed and over 70 were injured as a suicide bomber riding a bicycle blew himself up in a crowded area 40 to 50 metres away from an Imambargah.
Sources confirm that the dead included nine women as well as four children.
Para-military troops and police were dispatched in the area to control the situation. The injured were taken to CMH hospital in Quetta for treatment.
The casualties were driven to the Bolan Medical Complex, Civil Hospital and Combined Military Hospital where a state of emergency was declared.
Chief Minister Dr. Abdul Malik Baloch cut short his visit to Islamabad to personally deal with the crisis in Quetta. He denounced the dastardly attack and sympathized with the Hazara community.
The Hazara Democratic Party and Majlis Wahdat-ul-Muslemeen announced a shutter down strike on Monday and three-day mourning.
A banned sectarian extremist group, Lashkar-e-Jhangvi (LeJ), which has carried out most attacks on the Hazara community, claimed credit for Sunday’s bombing in a phone call to media offices in Quetta.
Home Secretary Akbar Hussain Durrani said the bomber appeared to be an Uzbek, between 20 and 25 years of age.