Five killed in deadly Quetta blast

Published: October 10, 2013
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People gather at the site of a bomb blast where a bicycle bomb tore through a crowded market area near a police station in Quetta on October 10, 2013. PHOTO: AFP

People gather at the site of a bomb blast where a bicycle bomb tore through a crowded market area near a police station in Quetta on October 10, 2013. PHOTO: AFP

People gather at the site of a bomb blast where a bicycle bomb tore through a crowded market area near a police station in Quetta on October 10, 2013. PHOTO: AFP A screengrab showing one of the damaged buildings. Screengrab from the Quetta blast.

QUETTA: A powerful bomb exploded outside the City police station located in the busy Liaquat Bazaar of Quetta on Thursday killing at least five people and injuring at least 37 others.

The Quetta Commissioner said that an improvised explosive device weighing between four and five kilogrammes had been planted on a cycle that had been parked at a cycle stand on Shahrah-e-Liaquat opposite the police station. The bomb went off at around 4:55pm, a little after the evening Asr prayers.

The commissioner added that as many as 42 people were affected by the blast, including police officers. The explosion, he said, killed a total of five people including a policeman, and four civilians. At least 37 people were injured by the blast.

The rescue efforts were divided with 21 of the injured being shifted to the nearby Civil Hospital while 16 other injured were taken to the Combined Military Hospital Quetta for medical treatment. He added that emergency has been imposed at the two hospitals.

Following the bombing, rescue workers and security personnel, including paramilitary units rushed to the blast site to move the wounded to hospital and secure the blast site.

“People may have been killed in the blast because it was powerful,” a passerby Mohammed Akram told The Express Tribune.

There was a stampede soon after the explosion, as Liauqat Bazaar is the heart of the city, with most of the shopping malls, trading centers, shops and roadside hotels located there.

This is the second major explosion in Pakistan today. Earlier, a bomb exploded in the old Anarkali area of Lahore, killing one person.

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Reader Comments (13)

  • M. Emad
    Oct 10, 2013 - 5:23PM

    Unless Balochistan’s administration taken by UN there will be no end of blast/ missing/ kidnapping/ killing/ disappearance etc activities.

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  • Xnain
    Oct 10, 2013 - 6:08PM

    3 blasts in three different parts of country in one day. Terrorists have flexed their muscle, now its a challenge for the government to show her capabilities.

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  • Appauled
    Oct 10, 2013 - 6:15PM

    Quetta.. Lahore.. Peshawar.. wow so much PEACEFULLNESS being spread all over the country.. lol

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  • ModiFied
    Oct 10, 2013 - 6:23PM

    Preparations for Malala’s Nobel Peace Prize … We are expecting lots of fire work from Pakistan…

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  • Hasan
    Oct 10, 2013 - 6:49PM

    Time for this punjabi and sindhi army to leave this place and let the people live a peaceful and free life,… Why no one feel the pain of locals under this central rule? Why our voices are not published in papers?

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  • Ali
    Oct 10, 2013 - 7:14PM

    This is not our war………CIA job

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  • anti-elitist rawalpindi
    Oct 10, 2013 - 7:40PM

    The nation should embrace it self for many more random attacks. The one in the food street of lahore and one in the market of quetta are associated as they specifically targated random passersby. Infact every one living within the Borders of Pakistan is a fair game for terrorists. Thats what happens when you got extremely porous borders and ill equipped law enforcement agencies.
    ” hamain yeh bhi tha ghanemet
    ` Jo shumar kpi hota
    Hamain kya bura tha merna
    Agar aik baar hota”

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  • nasser chowdhury
    Oct 10, 2013 - 7:47PM

    @Hasan:
    R u from India? what about your loving bla….restricting army from distributing relief…..? what about ur loving Sardars,Nawabs…living in luxury….? doing nothing for the baluch ppl……what about 3million baluch ppl living in punjab,sindh,kp…..?

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  • Naseer
    Oct 10, 2013 - 8:21PM

    Eid greetings from the Talibans. Our pure Muslim brothers, Talibans, are just expressing their true feelings for Islam and the Muslims.

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  • Last Word
    Oct 10, 2013 - 8:42PM

    Call off all offers for talks, the army should launch an all out operation to eliminate them all.

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  • Bharat
    Oct 10, 2013 - 10:33PM

    May God give strength to all those who have lost there loved ones. its not easy.The worst part is that the situation has gotten totally out of controlRecommend

  • Mc
    Oct 10, 2013 - 11:24PM

    Looks like Pakistan is loosing the cricket game.

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  • Dj
    Oct 11, 2013 - 1:05AM

    Blast in Lahore and Quetta yet only Peshawar and IK are at fault.

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