QUETTA: A suicide attack on an Al-Quds day procession of the Imamia Student Organisation (ISO) at Meezan Chowk in Quetta on Friday killed 55 people and injured over 100 others.
The casualty figure is expected to rise due to the intensity of the explosion as around 2,500 people were present in the rally.
According to Express 24/7 correspondent Muhammad Kazim, it is not yet clear whether it was a suicide attack or a planted bomb. The fire brigade reached the area and are trying to extinguish the fire, while ambulances have moved several injured to Combined Military Hospital, Quetta District Hospital and Civil Hospital.
There were also reports of aerial firing by the police in the area, as angry protesters hampered police access to the spot.
Al-Quds Day is an annual event on the last Friday of Ramadan,expressing solidarity with the Palestinian people and opposing Zionism as well as Israel’s control of Jerusalem.
The Balochistan Shia conference has announced 40 days of mourning for those who died in the blast.
Al-Quds rally in Karachi
The Al Quds rally that held in Karachi went on peacefully on Friday. Security was extremely tight in the city and all entry and exit points were to the rally were blocked .
Along with the Police and the Rangers ISO officials were also carrying out the checking of the people present.
According to Express 24/7 correspondant Sheheryar Mirza, the procession that started from Mazar-i-Quaid and reached its destination at Tibet center, comprised of thousands of participatants.
The security was tightened in the wake of the Lahore blast as well as the firing incident in Karachi that occurred on the Yaum-i-Shahadat Ali (RA).