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Quetta: 2 bomb blasts leave atleast 13 dead
2 bomb blasts in Balochistan province’s Quetta city left atleast 12 female students as well as Quetta’s Deputy Commissioner dead. The Assistant Commissioner was amongst the 20 injured.
According to Police, the first blast occurred around midday on Saturday in Sardar Bahadur Khan Women University’s bus. The injured women were being shifted to the Bolan Medical Complex’s Emergency Wing where the second bomb exploded minutes later. Gun fire started in the hospital moments after the blast and is reportedly still going on.
Authorities claim around 7 to 8 members of the banned extremist political group Sipah-e-Sahaba are holding hospital management and patients hostage inside, and are responsible for the gunshots being heard.
Our correspondent reports unknown gunmen have taken complete control of the first and second floors of the hospital and are throwing grenades too.
Furthermore, a large number of civillians are stuck inside the hospital while FC personnel have surrounded the building. Authorities say helicopters are being used for surveillance.
The force of blast in the Emergency ward is still unconfirmed.
This new wave of terrorism in Quetta started on Saturday with the blast on the Women University’s bus on Barori Road. According to Police the bomb was planted inside the bus and was remote controlled. The bus caught fire following the blast and was completely destroyed.
Injured women from the blast were rushed to the local Bolan Medical Complex. When high authorities arrived at the hospital, a second bomb went off in the hospital’s emergency wing.
Respresentatives of Balochistan’s Chief Minister said Balochistan’s Deputy and Assistant Commissioner were both present at the hospital at the time of the second blast. The Deputy Commissioner, Abdul Mansoor Kakar was killed in the blast and the Assistant Commissioner, Anwar Alli Sher, was injured.
Sardar Bahadur Khan is the only Women’s University in Queeta. According to the Unversity’s website, there are just over 3000 women studying there.
Its worth mentioning that this morning, 4 bombs went off near Pakistan’s Founder Muhammad Ali Jinnah’s house in Balochistan’s Ziarat, known as Ziarat Residence. As a result, the complete building burnt down except the outside structure.