The Hazara community was targeted by blast in Quetta’s Hazarganji market on Friday morning least 20 people were killed and 48 injured in a blast. It is believed that the target was Hazara people in Quetta.
The attack caused the lives of nine Hazara and one Frontier Corps (FC) soldier who was deputed for the community’s security, said Deputy Inspector General (DIG) Abdul Razzaq Cheema. The 10 others who lost their lives included shopkeepers, businessmen and citizens working or residing in the area.
Four FC soldiers were among the injured.
DIG Cheema was present at the site of the attack, said the blast targeted the Hazara ethnic community.
“The violence took place in a green grocer’s shop. An Improvised Explosive Device (IED) was planted in a gunny sack stuffed with potatoes. Whether it was timed or remote controlled, our experts will tell. Right now they are investigating,” DIG told reporters at the site of the attack.
“We are giving our attention to the wounded at this time,” he said. The injured have been shifted to hospitals ─ where an emergency has been imposed for treatment.
“We have arranged transportation back home for Hazaras who remained unhurt in the attack,” he added.
Though, Home Minister Ziaullah Langove, who held a press conference later in the day, said that the blast was not targeting “a specific community”.
“Our guess is that no specific community was targeted. Marri Baloch and FC personnel were among those killed as well. The numbers of the Hazara community were just greater,” Langove said.
He also defined the blast as a suicide attack.
“The terrorist attack” and condemned Prime Minister Imran Khan and sought an instant probe and increased security for the targeted people.
Deeply saddened & have strongly condemned the terrorist attack in Hazarganji market area of Quetta targeting our innocent people. I have asked for an immediate inquiry & increased security for the ppl. Prayers go to the families of the victims & for early recovery of the injured.
— Imran Khan (@ImranKhanPTI) April 12, 2019
Hazaras demand more security
A Hazara community leader Qadir Nayil, asked the government for provision of better protection.
“Once again our people were the target and once again we will have to bury our loved ones,” he said.
“We plea more security from the government and all those involved in today’s act of terrorism should be found and punished.”
Balochistan Government decides to install CCTV cameras to boost security measures
Regarding that cruel occurrence, a high level meeting was took place under the Balochistan Chief Minister Jam Kamal’s stewardship to review and reinforce security measures.
It was assured in the meeting that the affected families will be given abrupt financial assistance and that the provincial government will bear the treatment cost of those injured.
Moreover, it was decided that closed circuit television (CCTV) cameras will be immediately installed at the Hazarganji market and other public places. Action on terrorists’ hideaways and against their leaders will also be boosted, the group affirmed.