Nine killed, 20 injured in Quetta blast
Last Updated: Friday, December 30, 2011, 22:49
  
Islamabad: At least nine persons were killed and 20 others injured on Friday when a powerful car bomb went off outside the home of the son of a prominent politician in Quetta city of southwest Pakistan, police said.



The blast ripped through the residence of Shafeeq Mengal, the son of former Balochistan Chief Minister Mir Muhammad Naseer Mengal.

At least nine persons were killed, police officials told the media. Nearly 20 injured people, including a boy, were taken to a nearby hospital.

Officials described the condition of two of the injured as serious. Police chief Nazir Kurd confirmed that the blast occurred outside the house of Shafeeq Mengal.

Preliminary investigations showed the bomb was planted in a car, he said. There was no word on the fate of Shafeeq Mengal. The blast in a residential area near Arbab Karam Khan Road was heard from several kilometres away.

It blew out the windows of nearby structures and caused severe damage to several buildings and shops.

The blast also triggered a blaze and fire fighters were called in to extinguish it. The nature of the blast could not immediately be ascertained.

No group claimed responsibility for the attack. Footage on television showed ambulances taking the injured, their clothes spattered with blood, to hospital. Security forces cordoned off the area thick black smoke was seen rising from a building.

PTI


First Published: Friday, December 30, 2011, 22:49


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