At least 14 people were injured in a blast near the Al Khair Hospital in Pakistan’s southwestern Balochistan province of Quetta on Thursday, August 11, the Dawn reports. The attack came just days after a suicide bomb blast killed 75 people and injured 115 others in the same area.
Officials said the roadside blast, that also shattered windows of nearby buildings, was targeted a vehicle belonging to the Anti-Terrorism Force (ATF) accompanying Justice Zahoor Shahwani’s vehicle at Quetta’s Zarghon Road.
Balochistan home minister Sarfaraz Bugti said the judge was unharmed. Police spokesperson Shahzada Farhat said that police officers and several passersby were wounded.
Security forces and a bomb disposal squad reached the scene to collect evidence, rescue teams moved the injured to nearby hospitals and the police cordoned off the area as a search operation was underway, PTI reported.
“This is a busy road and the terrorists take advantage of this, planting bombs and fleeing on motorcycles,” said Bugti, strongly condemning the attack while talking to media at the site of the blast.
“These blasts are aimed at sabotaging Independence Day activities in Balochistan. I believe these cowardly acts will not bring down our morale. We are in a conflict zone and we will fight with renewed resolve. We are reviewing our security measures and you will see changes on the ground,” he said.
The minister added that three to four kilograms of explosive material was used in the blast.
A combing operation is being carried out across Quetta following Monday’s blast at the emergency ward of Quetta’s Civil Hospital.
(With PTI inputs)