QUETTA: At least one person was killed and 15 were wounded when a bomb exploded in Pakistan’s restive southwest yesterday, officials said.
The incident happened in Pashtunabad area on the outskirts of Quetta city, the capital of the oil and gas-rich southwest Baluchistan bordering Iran and Afghanistan.
“A time device planted along the road side close to several pushcarts selling mainly dry fruits went off, killing one person and wounding 15 others,” local bomb disposal chief Abdul Razzaq said.
He said the target was not clear, but the area is dominated by Afghan refugees.
A senior local police official Abdul Razzaq Cheema also confirmed the incident and casualties.
There were no immediate claims of responsibility for the explosion. Baluchistan is one of Pakistan’s poorest regions although it has vast natural resources.
It has been badly hit by a decade-long Baluch separatist insurgency and sectarian violence mainly targeting Shia Muslims from the Hazara ethnic community.
Issues range from human rights abuses, greater autonomy, increased royalties from natural resources and provincial revenue, and in some cases full secession.