Blast Near Quetta Polio Centre Kills 14; TTP Claims Responsibility

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Wednesday, January 13, 2016
QUETTA (BNA) At least 14 people were killed and over 10 injured in an explosion near a polio centre in Quetta's Satellite Town on Wednesday, Balochistan Home Minister Mir Sarfaraz Bugti said. The Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) claimed the attack on Facebook and in an email sent to journalists.
"The blast was apparently carried out by a suicide bomber," Bugti said, speaking to media after the blast.
Thirteen of the dead are policemen while one of them is an FC official, he said.
Thirteen of the dead are policemen while one of them is an FC official.
"We will not bow down before terrorists," said Bugti, adding that the blast was an effort to disrupt peace in Balochistan.
Deputy Inspector General (DIG) Police Quetta Syed Imtiaz Shah said seven to eight kilogramme of explosives were used in the blast. He said most of the victims were policemen who laid down their lives to guard polio workers.
An intelligence officer who declined to be named confirmed to DawnNews that it was a suicide attack.
"Body pieces of the suicide bomber have been collected by security agencies to initiate a probe into the incident," said the official.
The casualties were shifted to Civil Hospital Quetta, where an emergency has been imposed.
Balochistan Home Minister Mir Sarfaraz Bugti speaks to media after the blast.
Dr. Rasheed Jamali, a senior doctor told DawnNews that at least five critically injured victims were shifted to Combined Military Hospital Quetta for treatment.
Eyewitnesses at the site said they heard firing after a loud blast rocked the area. The glass windows of nearby buildings shattered due to intensity of the blast.

Police and rescue workers reached the site soon after the blast, while security forces have cordoned off the area. The nature of the blast is unknown as yet.
Chief Minister Balochistan Nawab Sanaullah Zehri while strongly condemning the blast directed police to submit a report about the incident promptly.
"We cannot tolerate the terrorism," he said in a statement issued to press soon after the explosion.
President Mamnoon Hussain and Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif strongly condemned the blast in Quetta.
In his statement, the premier said government is committed to stamp out extremism from the country and operation will continue till elimination of all terrorism, reported Radio Pakistan.

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