Wednesday, November 21, 2012

5 killed, 15 injured as blast hits security force's convoy in Quetta, S.W. Pakistan

Security officials scan the site of a bomb explosion in Quetta Nov 21 (@khalidkhan787)
ISLAMABAD, Nov. 21 (Xinhua) -- At least five people were killed and 15 others injured when a bomb hit an army convoy in Pakistan's southwest city of Quetta on Wednesday afternoon, said a local police officer.

Mir Zubair, City Centeral Police Officer of Quetta, said that a remote control bomb hit an army's convoy in Shahbaz Town of Quetta, capital of the country's southwest province of Balochistan, at about 2:30 p.m. local time, killing at least five and wounding over a dozens.

The killed include three soldiers and two passersby and seven troops were also among the 15 injured, he said.

At least three vehicles and several nearby shops were also destroyed in the blast, said police.

All the injured have been shifted to a military hospital in the city and hospital sources said that eight of the wounded were in critical condition, indicating a possible further rise in the death toll.

Some of the students going back home after school were also reportedly injured in the bomb attack.

An estimated 10 to 15 kg of explosives were used in the attack, said Hamid Shakeel, deputy Inspector General Police of Quetta, adding that the bomb was fixed on a motorbike, which was detonated by a remote control when the army's convoy was passing by the site.

No group has claimed responsibility for the attack yet.

2012-11-21 18:32:39

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