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Thursday, January 10, 2013

Triple blasts rip through Quetta

By Web Desk / Mohammad Zafar
Published: January 10, 2013

Thirteen cars, including FC vehicles, damaged in the blast. PHOTO: EXPRESS

QUETTA: Three blasts in Quetta on Thursday left 37 dead and many with serious injuries. The blasts took place in Shahrah-e-Iqbal and Alamdar Road area.

The second and third blasts took place near an imambargah.

Shahrah-e-Iqbal blast

At least 12 people were killed and 27 others were injured when a blast ripped through the Baacha Khan Chowk area of Shahrah-e-Iqbal, a senior police official said.

The Capital City Police Officer (CCPO) Quetta Mir Zubair Mehmood confirmed the death toll, adding that details regarding the bomb attack would be divulged after further investigation.

Witnesses said children and Frontier Corps (FC) personnel were among those injured.

This is the third blast in the same area which houses a shopping plaza and a market and is generally a busy area.

The police, FC, bomb disposal squad (BDS) and rescue teams reached the scene, cordoning off the area and shifting the injured to hospitals.

20 to 25kg explosives were reportedly used in the bomb.

Express News correspondent Irfan Rana reported a two to three-foot deep crater where the blast occurred.

Thirteen cars, including FC vehicles, were damaged in the blast.

Alamdar Road blast

Two more blasts took place near an imambargah on Alamdar Road.

At least 25 people were killed and more than 100 sustained injuries in these blasts. The injured have been shifted to nearby hospitals. Few of the injured are in critical condition.

The dead include SP Khalid Masood and a private channel’s cameraman.

Quetta police and BDS have arrived at the blast site and cordoned off the area.

Power supply in the area has been disrupted after the incident.

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