Attack on army vehicle kills 15 in southwestern Pakistan

Explosion in Quetta, Pakistan at least 15 people killed, 32 injured

Eight army personnel among 15 martyred in Quetta's Pishin stop blast

A powerful blast targeting a military truck today killed at least 15 people, including eight soldiers, and injured over two dozen others in Pakistan's southwestern restive province of Balochistan.

The Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa condemned the terrorist attack and said that such terror-inducing attacks can not shatter our hopes.

"According to the information we have received so far, there are around 15 casualties, people who were martyred, and around 40 people were wounded", Bugti said.

The injured people have been shifted to a nearby hospital where a state of emergency has been declared. The Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), the media wing of the army, said that an on-duty security vehicle was targeted in the blast and added 10 security officials were also injured in the attack.

"Our resolve won't succumb to any challenge", Bajwa was quoted as saying.

Sarfraz Bugti, the home minister for Baluchistan, said the blast took place near a private hospital but its nature is still being investigated.

At least 25 people have also been reported as injured in the blast that set multiple cars on fire. "The bomb disposal squad has reached the spot and we will be able to confirm soon whether it was a suicide attack or a planted bomb", he said.

Many bodies were burned beyond recognition, he said. Sources added that the number of injured could be as high as 30. Its intensity was severe.

No group has claimed responsibility for the attack. Reportedly, vehicles in the immediate vicinity caught fire and over ten water tenders are on the site. Quetta is the capital city of the restive Balochistan province.

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

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