QUETTA: An explosion occurred on a bus terminal located on Quetta’s Saryab road, killing at least 10 people and wounding many more, said rescue officials.
The explosion occurred inside a local city bus parked at the terminal, which had upto 40 passengers on board at the time of the bombing. The registration number of the bus has been confirmed as BSA-348.
Rescue personnel have confirmed that two children are among the dead.
“More than 20 people have been injured,” said Javed Gharheen, a senior police official.
All the injured have been shifted to Civil Hospital Quetta, where an emergency has been declared.
Six of the injured are reported to be in critical condition.
The chief minister of Balochistan has strongly condemned the bombing and termed it as “a conspiracy against durable peace in Balochistan.”
Security forces have cordoned off the area. The explosion has reportedly occurred in Dukani Baba Chowk area.
Traffic remains suspended on Saryab road, regarded as a sensitive area in Quetta.
According to initial reports, the explosion was heard in a wide area and has shattered windows in the nearby vicinity.
Earlier in July, at least two people were killed in a suicide explosion near Sardar Bahadur Khan Women’s University at Quetta’s Brewery road.
Balochistan has been experiencing incident violence and targeted killings since more than a decade. More than 1,400 incidents targeting the minority Shia and Hazara community have taken place in the province during the past 15 years.
The largest province of the country by area, is home to a low-level insurgency by ethnic Baloch separatists. Al Qaeda-linked and sectarian militants also operate in the region.
The province shares borders with Afghanistan and Iran.