Injured go missing after explosion at Balochistan religious seminary

Published: November 3, 2013
Footwear outside a blast site in Quetta. PHOTO: REUTERS/FILE

Footwear outside a blast site in Quetta. PHOTO: REUTERS/FILE

QUETTA: An unregistered religious seminary was gutted as a result of an explosion that occured allegedly after explosive materials prematurely went off in the Eastern Bypass, an outskirt of Quetta valley, on Sunday morning.

Four rooms of the religious seminary and a nearby house were completely destroyed in the blast.

According to eyewitness accounts, three people injured in the blast were taken out by their companions before police reached the site. A search operation was launched to find the injured, but police could not locate them at any Quetta hospital.

Deputy Inspector General Police (DIG) Operations Mohammed Jaffar said some religious literature was recovered from the wreckage along with explosives material. He said those in the seminary were preparing explosives that went off prematurely.

Quetta is vulnerable to sectarian and militant attacks and recently two bombings killed more than a dozen people and injured over 50 others.

After the US drone strike that killed Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) Chief Hakimullah Mahsud, security has been beefed up in sensitive areas of Quetta that include the military cantonment, Chief Minister House, IG FC and Police Balochistan’s residences and provincial secretariat.

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Reader Comments (13)

  • Imran
    Nov 3, 2013 - 5:10PM

    pakistan is joke

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  • Zif
    Nov 3, 2013 - 5:58PM

    Look for them near the border of Baluchistan, Afghanistan close to city of Qandhar, heaven of RAW.

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  • Javed
    Nov 3, 2013 - 6:14PM

    I wish we had a lot more of these premature explosions. It will save a lot of useful lives.

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  • Gratgy
    Nov 3, 2013 - 6:18PM

    They were probably making suicide jackets there

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  • ali ahmed
    Nov 3, 2013 - 6:43PM

    may be escaped to lal masjid

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  • Raj - USA
    Nov 3, 2013 - 6:51PM

    @Zif:
    “Look for them near the border of Baluchistan, Afghanistan close to city of Qandhar, heaven of RAW”

    Who is going to look for them where you say? It is not possible as the Assets of RAW have lot of sympathizers and supporters in the government and seminaries in Pakistan.

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  • Emran
    Nov 3, 2013 - 10:18PM

    Now where are people who keep on crying for mullah ghazi, if seminaries are teaching bomb making then how should security agencies respond?

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  • Ali Hazara
    Nov 4, 2013 - 7:00AM

    How about doing a search operation of Quetta Cantt? They may be returned back to their sources.

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  • chang
    Nov 4, 2013 - 12:05PM

    @ali hazara

    Bulls eye

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  • bill
    Nov 4, 2013 - 7:58PM

    Good news maybe it will teach them a lesson. Better for a few of them to get blown up than hundreds of innoicent people. I exspect their chums will be too scared to take them to hospital so they will probably die.

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  • bill
    Nov 4, 2013 - 7:59PM

    @Imran:
    Not for those who live there!

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  • Keith
    Nov 5, 2013 - 5:53AM

    Oh, so it was a “religious” seminary. Which religion, may I ask? And why wasn’t that mentioned in the article?

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  • Umer
    Nov 5, 2013 - 6:03AM

    He said those in the seminary were preparing explosives that went off prematurely.

    Explosives in seminary, what is new.

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