QUETTA - At least six people were killed and more than 35 sustained critical wounds when a remote-controlled bomb exploded near a passenger bus in Mastung district, some 60 Km southeast of Quetta on Monday.
“Unidentified people had fitted explosives with a motorbike parked along the road on main National Highway connecting Quetta-Taftan.
The explosives went off as a Nushki-bound passenger bus passed by,” Assistant Commissioner (AC) District Mastung Shafkat Anwar Shahwani told TheNation, adding, that two people were killed and more than 35 others, including women and children on board sustained serious injuries. “Before Nushki-bound bus an Iranian-bound passenger bus carrying Shia pilgrims also passed the area but luckily escaped disaster,” AC Mastung added.
Levies Force and Frontier Corps personnel reached the site soon after the blast and cordoned off the area.
The passengers with critical injuries were first moved to Civil Hospital Mastung while other injured were taken to Quetta’s Bolan Medical Complex Hospital for treatment.
Sources said one dead body identified as Allam Khan had been brought to Mastung Hospital while two other bodies one of them identified as Muhammad Anwar resident of Nushki were brought to BMC Hospital. “The condition of some injured is serious,” hospital sources said.
The blast badly damaged the bus. “According to preliminary investigation reports, the bus of Shia pilgrims was the main target of the attack,” Levies officials said. Bomb disposal squad said the explosives were detonated through a remote-controlled device. No group had claimed responsibility for the blast till filing of this report.