Quetta Blast: Police official among 15 martyred in explosion at mosque

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QUETTA-Pakistan: At least 15 people — including a senior police official, were martyred on Friday when an explosion torn through a mosque in Quetta’s Satellite Town area, police and officials said.

In the occurrence, 20 others were injured at the mosque — located in the densely populated Ghousabad neighbourhood — in Satellite Town area.

The officials confirmed police “Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Amanullah was among the persons who lost their lives in explosion.”

The wounded were shifted to the hospital, rescue officials said.DSP Amanullah was deployed at police training college Sariab road, said by police, adding that the official’s son was martyred in firing a month earlier.

Home Minister Mir Ziaullah Langove condemned the blast, saying: “Enemies of Pakistan and Balochistan — cannot see peace prevailing but the government will remain undeterred in safeguarding its people.”

Pakistan Army

General Qamar Bajwa – Chief of the Army Staff said that Pakistan Army will give complete assistance to police and the civil administration, DG ISPR-Major General Asif Ghafoor said in a tweet.

The DG ISPR conveyed the COAS’ message and quoted him as saying: “Those who targeted innocents in a mosque can never be true Muslim.”

The army’s spokesman said — that the Frontier Corps personnel reached the site of the blast. 

Security put on high alert in Punjab

Inspector General of Police Punjab Shoaib Dastagir uttered grief over the precious lives lost — in blast in Quetta, his spokesperson said.

The high-ranking police official has put the province’s security on high alert — after the blast.

The spokesperson added, “The IG also ordered to increase the security of sensitive areas, hospitals and worship places.”

Earlier this week on Tuesday, 2 people were killed and 14 were injured in a blast near McConaghey Road in Quetta.

Early findings suggested that explosive material was installed on a bike – which was detonated in the proximity of an FC vehicle.

In the bang, nearby shops were damaged and a motorcycle parked nearby caught fire.

Balochistan Home Minister Langove condemned the explosion.

He said criminal elements were trying to disturb the law and order situation of the province.