QUETTA - At least one person was killed and 14 others, including two children, were injured when a powerful blast ripped through a street in Pushtunabad area of the provincial capital Quetta, on Thursday.
According to police, the blast occurred outside an ice cream shop in a busy street of the Pushtunabad on Meetha Chowk.
As a result, a person sustained critical wounds and succumbed to his injuries on the spot while 14 others, including two children, were injured.
Police, Frontier Corps (FC) and rescue teams rushed to the site shortly after the incident and shifted the dead and injured to the Civil Hospital Quetta.
The hospital sources quoted the condition of 5 persons as critical where an emergency was declared and all the doctors and paramedical staff on leave were called on duty immediately.
Police and FC cordoned off the area following the blast and media was given limited access to the site.
According to the eyewitnesses, the bomb was so powerful that it shattered the window panes of the nearby buildings and damaged around 10 other shops and many vehicles.
According to the Bomb Disposal Squad (BDS), the blast was carried out through a time device in which 2 kg explosive material was used.
No group has claimed the responsibility for the attack.
Police registered a case against unknown men and investigation is underway.
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