A loud explosion rocked Quetta’s Zarghoon Road on Tuesday, with at least one killed and nearly a dozen injured, DawnNews reported.
The nature of the explosion is not known as yet, but officials are reportedly treating the incident as an act of terrorism.
Quetta Civil Hospital Spokesperson Waseem Baig told DawnNews that one security official died in the blast while 11 others were injured. He said two of the injured are in a critical condition.
The injured, which include security personnel and civilians, have been shifted to the hospital’s trauma centre after being administered first aid.
The explosion occurred near GPO Chowk in the vicinity of the Balochistan Assembly. The road also leads to the Chief Minister’s Secretariat.
A large number of security personnel had been present near the site of the blast as a session of the Balochistan Assembly attended by almost all its members had just concluded. The area also houses several important government buildings, and is usually well secured.
A large number of security personnel and rescue services have reached the site of the blast. The injured were shifted to Civil Hospital Quetta, where an emergency has been declared.
The area has been cordoned off and media has been stopped from moving near the blast site. Media personnel have all gathered at the provincial assembly.
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