Blast near IT university in Quetta kills 5, injures 69

Published: June 18, 2012
About 40kg explos­ives were used in the remote-contro­lled bomb, plante­d inside a car which was parked nearby. PHOTO: REUTERS

About 40kg explos­ives were used in the remote-contro­lled bomb, plante­d inside a car which was parked nearby. PHOTO: REUTERS

QUETTA: At least five students died, while 69 were injured when a powerful blast occurred near an IT university located in Jinnah Town of Quetta early Monday morning, Express News reported.

The bomb was planted inside a car parked nearby.

The blast occurred when a van carrying students to the university reached the campus.

According to Bomb Disposal Squad, about 40kg explosives were used in the remote-controlled bomb, planted inside a car which was parked nearby.

Four police officials were also injured as a police mobile passed by.

Capital City Police Officer (CCPO) Quetta Mir Zubair said that the university bus was targeted in the attack. “The bomb targeted the bus as it carried a majority of Shia students,” he added.

The injured were moved to Combined Military Hospital (CMH) and Civil Hospital.

Police cordoned off Jinnah Town – a residential area in Quetta. The roadside blast left a 3-foot crater on the road.

Among the deceased, there were three students and one passerby.

Police and security teams have reached the site and an investigative operation is underway. Balochistan Home Minister Zafarullah Zehri also reached the blast site.

A rickshaw parked nearby was completely destroyed in the blast, while the buildings nearby received damages.

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  • kaptslim
    Jun 18, 2012 - 9:15AM

    Dear Lord … Save us


  • utkarsh
    Jun 18, 2012 - 9:30AM

    pakistan wud b wel advised not to mess up with the superpower United States


  • M. A. Changezi
    Jun 18, 2012 - 9:35AM

    Targeting students. Shame really.


  • wasib
    Jun 18, 2012 - 11:18AM

    how is the united states related to all this. please explain.


  • Tony Singh
    Jun 18, 2012 - 12:00PM

    Talk of bombing Pakistan into stone age. Some Pakistanis are doing it literally


  • Zaid
    Jun 18, 2012 - 12:12PM

    Strategic assets are destroying Pakistan strategically. Sad !


  • Liberal
    Jun 18, 2012 - 12:24PM

    we should except US demands to open up NATO routes or otherwise be ready to go back to the Stone Age


  • Xayn
    Jun 18, 2012 - 12:24PM

    Again targeted shia students :@ .. what have they done .. huh


  • Muhammad Adil
    Jun 18, 2012 - 12:42PM

    A brutal act by the extremists.It was a very shameful act.Trying to target innocent students.YA Allah protect us,protect our country.Ameen


  • Azmat
    Jun 18, 2012 - 12:49PM

    Human Life is very cheap in Pakistan


  • Arijit Sharma
    Jun 18, 2012 - 12:51PM

    Is nothing off limits?


  • Lord
    Jun 18, 2012 - 1:12PM

    Hope a day will come when these killers ,there infrastructure are wiped out from there roots.Every one knows who they are and which school of thought they belong to . That school of thought should be held responsible.Its responsibility of Top Aalim e Din of that school of thought to stop them and if it still continues .Arrest those mullahs.Curb down the channels from which these crimes are financed.Name the mullah, the mosques,the madarssa and the Financer in Public.


  • Jun 18, 2012 - 1:25PM

    still relying on lord .. !!!??!?


  • Mr. Honest
    Jun 18, 2012 - 1:57PM

    The BALKANIZATION of Pakistan. We are seeing it with our own eyes in full execution and can do nothing. Who will save Pakistan? O Allah help us, please.


  • AS
    Jun 18, 2012 - 1:59PM

    @Xayn: We all are muslims. It is a conspracey against all students. For God Sakes stop dividing us in sects.


  • Mumtaz.Rizvi
    Jun 18, 2012 - 3:36PM

    @AS: Dear AS this is indeed a sectarian issue wether u admit it or not


  • Nine-Zero Karachi
    Jun 18, 2012 - 4:17PM

    @Mr. Honest:
    When you do good things to others, good things happen to you.


  • Ali Mardan
    Jun 18, 2012 - 5:45PM

    No one else in entire Islamic history had damaged Islam as these fanatics did during the past few decades. Once the symbol of peace and love has now becoming symbol of violence and hatred due to handful of puppets whose strings are controlled by their Godfathers. We do not need CIA, MOSAD, RAW or so on to carry out espionage or subversive activities when we have enemies like LeJ within our ranks. Although, so far no one has claimed the responsibility of this attack but no one else except LeJ can carry out such an inhuman, barbaric and cowardice act of terror on innocent civilians. All my heartiest sympathies and condolences to the bereaved families and pray to Allah almighty to bestow justice to the victim families as law and justice does not prevail for minority communities in the land of pure.


  • gp65
    Jun 18, 2012 - 5:59PM

    @Mr. Honest: “The BALKANIZATION of Pakistan. We are seeing it with our own eyes in full execution and can do nothing.”

    You CAN do many thing:. You can speak up for the oppressed minorities instead of using Kashmir and Palestine as a justification for oppressing your own citizens. Stop oppressing Hindu, Sikhs, Ahmadis and lately Shias. Stop hate speeches in madrassas and also publicly. Stop lionizing the DPC thugs who spread divisiveness and hate. Start scrutinizing funding from KSA.


  • Jpy
    Jun 18, 2012 - 6:31PM

    A strong govt which has spin to deal with the mullas & jihadis with severe action irrespective of religious blackmailing by the vested interests can bring peace to pakistan. First start with Hafiz saeed & Co


  • Jun 18, 2012 - 8:30PM

    Dear Utkarash,

    If you really believe that the U.S. is involved in this act of terror then you have already fallen in the web of conspiracy theories. We strongly condemn all acts of terror, and our sacrifices clearly prove our stance against terrorism. Both of our nations are victims of the same injustice that resulted in thousands of innocent people dying. And both of our nations have lost thousands of brave soldiers in fighting terrorism. Our commitment to defeating terrorism is simply unquestionable. And despite all the challenges and obstacles that come our way, our nations continue to make every effort to stay together for the sake of bringing peace and stability to the region. The doubters will continue to doubt but the facts allow us to separate truth from lies.

    We will continue this WOT until our mission is accomplished. We will continue to target those who are looking to infiltrate the region with their acts of terror. We simply wish to see a safe and stable Pakistan for the sake of stabilizing the region. We encourage Pakistan to uproot the elements that are trying to destabilize the country. We also wish to see our nations in a healthy partnership.

    Our heartfelt condolences go to the friends and families of the victims. We wish to see the ones responsible caught and punished as soon as possible.


  • utkarsh
    Jun 18, 2012 - 9:23PM

    @US Centcom:
    if what u say is correct then may be this is the reason why god has blessed america so much. If hope that pak policy makers too becum sane somehowRecommend

  • JP
    Jun 18, 2012 - 9:41PM

    No need for RAW/CIA/Mossad to do anything.. The extremists will destroy the country anyways..
    Pakistan needs to get back to the pre-1970 state where it ceased to be an extremist country.. But sadly, a whole generation had to see the extremism since 1970.Recommend

  • Hani
    Jun 18, 2012 - 10:25PM

    These people are totally messed. I woke up to my mom crying because two of my cousin were on that bus.


  • wali baba
    Jun 19, 2012 - 12:13AM

    now find more missing person and release them


  • wasib
    Jun 19, 2012 - 1:30AM

    @US Centcom:
    if you people are so much against terrorism as we are, then why is this that your NATO and DRONES kills our innocent and priceless soldiers but you still refuses to apologize, even though you know that what happened was wrong and your state is guilty for the loss. Isn’t this extremism and terrorism or should i call it, so called “pride of white superpowers”? Does being a superpower means that you can kill anyone you like without proper explanation on a mere pretext of elimination of terrorism? That’s not fair if you ask me.


  • Malek Tauqee/Towghi (Baloch).
    Jun 19, 2012 - 2:02AM

    Question: Why all this pressure on the Shias in Pakistan? Answer: Because after the 1970-80 Revolution, Tehran has refused to be an ally & partner of Islamabad to crush the Balochs.


  • AllahRukha
    Jun 19, 2012 - 2:42AM

    @US Centcom:
    Thanks for your kind words and an effort to flush away the misconceptions.


  • sobiahussain
    Jun 19, 2012 - 3:19PM

    what did the university students do?….very sad to hear that :(


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