According to the reports, the explosion took place close to a government-run polio centre in Quetta’s Satellite Town.
According to the Initial reports, 14 people were killed and several others got injured. Bodies and the injured were shifted to civil hospital by rescue teams. Meanwhile, security forces cordoned off the area.
According to sources, this was a suicide blast. At least 12 bodies have been identified while others have yet to be identified.
The blast came on the third day of the province-wide polio vaccination campaign. Investigation is underway.
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif condemned the blast near anti-polio centre.
Sarfaraz Bugti, Balochistan home minister added: “So far 15 people have been injured in the blast seven of whom are in critical condition.”
An AFP reporter at the site saw three burnt out vehicles that had been blown up in the explosion, while human remains lay strewn across the ground, walls, and electric poles along with items of clothing including the caps and shoes of policemen.
Some officials had begun to gather evidence from the scene while others were collecting body parts to put in bags.
Eye-witness Shabir Ahmed, a 32-year-old police constable, told AFP he had been deployed to protect a polio vaccination team that was due to leave for various neighbourhoods of Quetta at 10:00am.
“Suddenly there was a loud bang and I fell to the ground, I could not see anything, there was dust everywhere,” he said.
“Then I heard people screaming and sirens of ambulances,” he continued, adding he had received shrapnel wounds to his stomach, hands, legs and feet.
The latest attack comes as a suicide bombing struck near the Pakistani consulate in Afghanistan’s Jalalabad city, killing two people just days after four-country talks aimed at reviving Taliban peace negotiations commenced in Islamabad.
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A mourner grieves alongside bodies of blast victims at a hospital in Quetta, following a suicide att …
Pakistan is one of only two countries where polio, a crippling childhood disease, remains endemic. Attempts to eradicate it have been badly hit by militant attacks on immunisation teams that have claimed nearly 80 lives since December 2012.
While there was no immediate claim of responsibility for Wednesday’s attack, Islamist groups including the Taliban say the polio vaccination drive is a front for espionage or a conspiracy to sterilise Muslims.
In 2014 the number of polio cases recorded in Pakistan soared to 306, the highest in 14 years.
The most recent attack came in November last year, when unknown gunmen shot and killed the head of an immunisation programme in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa district of Swabi.
Islamist opposition to all forms of inoculation mounted after the CIA organised a fake vaccination drive to help track down Al-Qaeda’s former leader Osama Bin Laden in the Pakistani garrison town of Abbottabad.
The terror chief was killed during a US special forces raid in 2011.
Balochistan, Pakistan’s largest but most impoverished province, is also home to a raging insurgency that has claimed the lives of hundreds of soldiers and militants since it re-ignited in 2004, with rebels often attacking government installations and personnel.
The province’s roughly seven million inhabitants have long complained they do not receive a fair share of its gas and mineral wealth.
Breaking Date: 13-01-2016Breaking Is Quetta :: Satellite Town Mai Insedad e Polio Markaz Ky Qareeb Dhamaka Mutaddid Afrad Zakhmi………….( Reported By Bureau Cheaf Quetta Mujeeb Ahmad )
Posted by AAJ Breaking News on Tuesday, 12 January 2016