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Thursday, January 10, 2013

Quetta : Alamdar Rd blasts toll hits 56

January 10, 2013 - Updated 2058 PKT
From Web Edition

QUETTA: At least 56 people including a private news channel cameraman and a DSP, were killed as two back-to-back bomb blasts hit the city Thursday evening, Geo News reported.

Sources told Geo News the first blast, was a suicide one was reported from Rehmattullah Chowk on Alamdar Road, whereas the second one which struck Airport road area nearby came minutes after the first one.

Police say the first blast was a suicide one.

"The second bomb went off by the time media, rescue, and law enforcement officials reached the spot" sources said.

Geo News team, which arrived at the site to cover the first blast however narrowly escaped the second one, but the satellite van they were in was damaged partially. The staff received minor injuries.

"The shrapnel or the flying debris, which hit the Geo News DSMG following the second blast shattered its windshield", sources said.

Police officers, mediamen, and rescue workers were also among the injured and the dead, said security sources.

DIG Hamid Shakil says the number of injured is as high as 163.

Fearing a rise in casualties, the hospital sources said some of the injured were critical.

DSP Quaidabad, Mujahid Hussain, who was injured in the second blast succumbed to his wounds later in the hospital.

The private TV cameraman who was killed on the spot was identified as Imran Shaikh. The satellite engineer of the same news channel was also wounded in the blast.

It is noted that there are two Imambargahs on Alamdar road and Hazara community makes up most of the population of this area.

The blasts caused suspension of electricity supply after they might have damaged the electricity pylons.

The above two blasts bring today's number of explosions hitting the terror-stricken city to three. At least twelve people including two children and a FC personal were killed while 40 others sustained injuries when a powerful bomb ripped through Bacha Khan Chowk earlier in the day.

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