At least 15 dead, 32 injured in Quetta blast



While 12 people were reported to have died on the spot, dozens were left wounded.

A powerful blast targeting a military vehicle on Saturday night killed at least 15 people and wounded 32 others in southwestern Pakistan, officials said, in an attack claimed by the Islamic State group.

Balochistan Home Minister Sarfraz Bugti said the nature of the blast couldn't be ascertained, adding that security forces might be the target.

The high-intensity blast occurred in a parking lot near Pishin bus stop which is in a high-security area in Quetta, said reports. He said it was not immediately clear if it was a suicide blast or a remotely controlled explosive device.

"We have so far received eight dead bodies and 17 injured", Doctor Fareed Sumalani, medical superintendent of the local government hospital, told AFP news agency. Most of the deceased were security personnel, Samaa TV reported.

Two cars, four rickshaws and two motorbikes caught fire in the explosion.

Security forces have cordoned off the blast site for investigations.

In August past year, at least 74 people were killed in a suicide attack on the city's Civil Hospital, while another 60 were killed in an attack on a police academy two months later.

Earlier in June, three security officials were injured after an improvised explosive device (IED) seemingly targeted their vehicle in the Johan area of Kalat.

In June at least 12 people were killed and 14 others wounded in a suicide vehicle attack near the provincial police headquarters.

In May, at least 10 labourers were killed in Balochistan's Gwadar district when unidentified assailants opened fire at the construction site where they were working.

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