Published: Sun, August 18, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Four killed, 15 injured in Pakistan's Balochistan madrassa blast

Four killed, 15 injured in Pakistan's Balochistan madrassa blast

Local police official Mohamed Yousaf said that the bomb went off in the main praying hall in Kuchlak area near the city of Quetta, the capital of the volatile province of Balochistan.

"It was a timed device planted under the wooden chair of the prayer leader", said Abdul Razzaq Cheema, chief of police in Quetta.

Provincial police chief Mohsin Hassan Butt also confirmed the incident and casualty figures at the mosque.

No group claimed responsibility for the blast.

According to Taliban sources, Haibatullah's brother Hafiz Ahmadullah was killed in the attack. Police said the injured have been shifted to nearby hospitals for treatment, while emergency has been declared at Civil Hospital Quetta. The blast took place inside a mosque.

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Security forces including police, Levies force, Frontier Corps and bomb disposal squad team reached the site and cordoned off the entire area and started investigation.

The mosque and an adjoining religious school were known to be visited by members of the Afghan Taliban.

The images of the location show that the blast caused extensive damage to the walls and ceiling of the seminary. The blast in Kuchlak is the fourth in Balochistan in less than a month's time. On July 23, three people were killed and at least 18 were injured in an attack on the Eastern Bypass area of Quetta.

It comes less than a fortnight after an IED exploded inside a shoe market on Quetta's Mission Road, killing one man from the marginalised Hazara community and leaving 13 others injured.

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