Seven killed in suicide blast near Balochistan Assembly in Quetta


QUETTA: At least seven people were killed and twenty others injured when a suicide bomber rammed into the truck of Balochistan Constabulary on Zarghoon Road today (Tuesday).
The attack took place near the legislative assembly of southwestern Balochistan province of which Quetta is the capital.
According to sources, a suicide bomber on a motorcyle targeted the security personnel when he failed to reach the assembly building due to strict security arrangements.
The security forces immediately cordoned off the blast site, whereas, rescue teams rushed to the spot and moved the injured persons to nearby hospitals.
The death toll is expected to rise as condition of several injured persons is said to be critical. The local authorities have also declared emergency at hospitals across the city.
More than six thousand security personnel were deployed in Quetta’s Red Zone area as the provincial lawmakers were expected to submit a no-confidence motion against Balochistan Chief Minister Sanaullah Zehri today.
Later, the provincial assembly session was adjourned after Sanaullah Zehri decided to step down on the advice of Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi.
The blast occurred amid heavy VIP movement in the area.
There were no immediate claims of responsibility for the attack, senior police official Abdul Razzaq Cheema told foreign news agency.


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