Two killed in Quetta rickshaw blast, Several females and children seriously injured.

People standing near vehicles burning after a bomb blast in Quetta. –AP (File Photo)

At least two killed and 14 injured in Quetta blast

Monday, 24 May, 2010|| Quetta || Pakistan|| The International News Pakistan

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

By Muhammad Ejaz Khan

QUETTA: Two persons were killed and 14 others, including three females and seven children, were injured — some of them seriously — in a powerful bomb explosion in a rickshaw parked on the Airport Road here on Monday.

Police said the explosives device, presumably planted in the rickshaw parked near the offices of the National Highway Authority (NHA), went off with a big bang at 7:10 pm. It caused injuries to some 14 people present there as the splinters of the device hurt them. The Edhi ambulances and some private vehicles carried the injured to the Civil Hospital. Two of the injured succumbed to their injuries before they were provided any medical aid. While others, including three females and seven children, were admitted to the hospital, where the condition of some of them is stated to be precarious.

On being informed, the police and the Frontier Corps (FC) reached the spot and cordoned off the area. The nature of the explosion could not be ascertained immediately. Further investigations are under way. A large number of people and relatives of the injured reached the hospital soon after the incident.

Meanwhile, Balochistan Chief Minister Nawab Muhammad Aslam Raisani strongly condemned the blast and the loss of lives. He ordered an inquiry into the incident. The chief minister asked the authorities concerned to provide all possible health facilities to the injured.

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