Blast At Mosque Near Balochistan's Quetta Kills 10

Blast At Mosque Near Balochistan's Quetta Kills 10

Blast At Mosque Near Balochistan's Quetta Kills 10

At least 14 people, including a high-ranking provincial police officer, lost their lives after a powerful explosion rocked a mosque in north-western Pakistan, local media report, citing police and medical sources.

Fida Mohammad, who was attending evening prayers, said about 60 people were present at the time of the attack on the mosque, which is located in a densely populated area.

The explosion ripped through the front row of worshippers seconds after the prayer began, he told AFP.

The bombing wounded another 20 worshipers in the city of Quetta, the capital of the restive Baluchistan province, said the city's police chief Abdur Razzaq Cheema.

Images from the scene showed rubble and debris strewn across the prayer courtyard of the mosque.

"It was a powerful blast, people were screaming and running here and there - many people were injured because of the stampede", Mohammad said.

Butt said bomb disposal officers were investigating the nature of the bomb as well as whether it was detonated remotely or if a suicide bomber was involved. Yet, no one immediately claimed responsibility for Friday's mosque bombing.

"Every possible assistance be given to police and civil administration".

The DG ISPR conveyed the COAS' message and quoted him as saying: "Those who targeted innocents in a mosque can never be true Muslim".

Balochistan Chief Minister Jam Kamal Khan has strongly condemned the blast and ordered strict security arrangements across the province while Chief Secretary Capt (retd) Fazeel Asghar has called an emergency law and order meeting. PM Imran has sought a report from authorities.

Pakistan military's media wing ISPR said that troops of the Frontier Corp (FC) Balochistan have reached the site and were carrying out joint search operation with the police.

The Minister said Mosques & places of worship are sacred places and their sanctity must be respected by all.

Langove vowed that "defeated terrorists will never be allowed to succeed".

Governor Balochistan Abdul Quddus Bizenjo and Punjab Chief Minister Usman Buzdar also condemned the blast.

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