QUETTA: At least 15 people, including 12 police officers, have died and many injured in a bomb blast in Quetta Satellite Town. The bomb targeted the head unit of anti-polio campaign office.
“There are 15 dead, including 12 police, one paramilitary, and two civilians,” a local police official told AFP, adding that there are at least 10 people injured, with nine of them being police personnel and one a civilian.
Eyewitnesses said they heard firing as well after the blast.
According to Waqt News, the bomb was believed to be remote controlled. The claim was later refuted by security sources.
Rescue teams have reached the site and the injured are being shifted to a nearby hospital. Two of the injured are reportedly in critical condition. Emergency has been called in Civil Hospital, Quetta.
FC has cordoned off the area, with the investigation underway.
Polio campaigns and personnel working on them have been targeted by terror organisations for long in Pakistan especially in KP and Baluchistan.