Pilgrims bus targeted in Mastung, 22 killed, 37 injured

Pilgrims bus targeted in Mastung, 22 killed, 37 injured

kildMastung: At least 22 persons were killed and 37 others injured in the result of bomb blast near the bus of pilgrims in Mastung area of Balochistan. The injured have been shifted in CMH Quetta. The injured include 29 men and eight women. The killed also include four levis personnel.

Meanwhile Federal Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan and Balochistan CM Dr. Abdul Malik Baloch while condemning the lethal blast near’ bus and killings of pilgrims in Mastung area of Balochistan has summoned report from the concerned officials.

Dr. Malik has demanded report of Mastung attack from the security agencies and said in a statement that the targeting a pilgrims bus is a very shameful act.

Federal Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan has also condemned the blast severely and demanded report of the incident without any delay.

According to initial reports, a pilgrims bus caught fire after a powerful blast in Daringarh area of Mastung leaving 22 persons dead and over 37 injured on the spot. According to sources it was suicide attack in which suicide bomber struck the explosive laden car with the bus. Over 100 kg explosive material was used in the attack. The bus was badly damaged in the attack.

The security forces and rescue teams rushed to the blast side and moved the injured and bodies to hospitals in Quetta after cordoning off the area.

It is feared that the death toll and actual figure of the injured could mount further as many injured are in very serious condition, told hospital sources.

The pilgrims bus was heading towards Quetta from Taftan area when the power explosion occurred in Daringarh area of Mastung at about 6.15pm, told the levis sources.

Eight dead bodies were recovered and 16 injured rescued from the burning bus, told the Deputy Commissioner of Mastung. The DC of Mastung expressed fear that the death toll could mount further as the rescue efforts are still underway on the blast side.

Three pilgrims buses in protection of Levis security vehicles were coming from Taftan but when first bus crossed the blast spot in Daringarh area of Mastung, a powerful blast occurred and one bus caught fire, told sources.
The bus was coming from Pakistan-Iran border at Taftan when it was attacked in Dringhar area on the main Quetta-Taftan Highway in Mastung district, some 50 kilometres southwest of Quetta.

Shafqat Anwar, the Assistant Commissioner in Mastung, said the bus caught fire after the blast. Anwar added that at least 32 people were injured, which included 24 men and eight women.

“Two vehicles of forces escorting the pilgrim’s buses were also damaged in the blast,” said provincial home secretary Asadur Rehman Gilani.

Gilani said investigators believed around 80 kilograms of explosives were used in the explosion, though the exact nature of the blast was yet to be confirmed.

“Our priority is to shift the injured to hospitals,” he said, adding that women and children were also among the dead and injured.

Most of the injured were shifted to Combined Military Hospital in Quetta for medical treatment, he added. Emergency was imposed in hospitals to treat the injured.

Many levis’ security men have also sustained injuries in the blast, added the levis sources.

President Mamnoon Hussain and Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif have strongly condemned the incident.

They expressed sympathies with the bereaved families and prayed for the departed souls. Both have directed the concerned authorities to provide best medical facilities to the inured persons.

Chief Minister Punjab Mian Shahbaz Sharif, Chief Minister KPM Parvez Khattack, PPP chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, former president Asif Ali Zardari‚ Opposition Leader in National Assembly Syed Khurshid Shah, Chairman PTI Imran Khan, Amir Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam (F) Maulana Fazalur Rehman, ANP chief Asfandyar Wali Khan, Governor Sindh Dr Eshratul Ebad Khan, Amir Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam (S) Maulana Samiul Haq, Amir Jamaat-e-Islami Syed Munawar Hassan, Jamatud Dawa Amir Professor Hafiz Muhammad Saeed, JI Secretary General Liaquat Baloch have also condemned the attack and expressed sympathy with the bereaved families.

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