Eight army jawans among 15 martyred in Quetta terrorist attack

Eight army jawans among 15 martyred in Quetta terrorist attack

He said a state of emergency had been imposed in the city and all hospitals were on alert.

Bugti said an investigation was launched to determine the nature of the blast and whether it was a terrorist attack.

The army truck was passing by Quetta's Pishin Stop area of the city when it was targeted by the explosion.

Kabeer Khan, an explosives expert who examined the site, said after collecting forensic evidence that it was a suicide attack and that the attacker was carrying some 25 kilograms of "incendiary explosives" on a motorcycle that he rammed into the military truck.

The Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said that an on-duty security vehicle was targeted in the blast, adding that 10 security officials were also among those injured in the attack.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the blast.

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"Our resolve won't succumb to any challenge", he said in a statement.

Balochistan has oil and gas resources but is afflicted by Islamist militancy, sectarian violence between Sunni and Shiite Muslims and a separatist insurgency.

Quetta is near Pakistan's border with Afghanistan and Balochistan Province also borders Iran to the west.

According to the ISPR, army troops threw a security cordon around the area as fire engines reached the site to douse the blaze on the vehicles. Attacks have also been reported by groups related to the Taliban.

A judicial report released after an attack on the province's lawyers left more than 70 dead criticized security provisions in the region and called for increased clampdowns on extremists. However, military intelligence officials denied the Wadh network exists and the father of the alleged leader says his son is not involved with militants attacking the state.

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