QUETTA: A powerful blast struck Quetta this morning, killing at least 22 people and injuring 28 others. The explosion occurred outside a polling station near Eastern Bypass area.
According to sources at the Civil Hospital, it is learnt that 22 people have died in the blast while 28 others wounded. They feared that the death toll could increase, as most of the injured were in serious condition.
The constituency, where the latest terror attack occurred, is NA-260.
DIG Javed Akbar Riaz said the Bomb Disposal Squad was collecting evidence to ascertain nature of the blast. He said the blast was an attempt to sabotage election.
A state of emergency has been declared in nearby hospitals where injured have been moved.
Police and rescue teams reached the blast site and shifted the deceased and the injured to a nearby medical facility.
It is the first terror attack to have struck the election day. Lately, in a deadliest attack on election campaigning, a suicide bomber killed more than 128 people at an election rally in Balochistan’s Mastung on July 13.
It is pertinent to note here that a prominent leader of Awami National Party (ANP) Haroon Bilour lost his life in a suicide blast in Peshawar city of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. The ANP leader was chairing a corner meeting as a part of his electoral campaign when the attack took place.