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.