KR desk report
In a deadly bomb blast, at least 16 people have been killed and over two dozen others injured at Hazarganji market in Quetta on Friday.
Pakistan newspapers, quoting Deputy Inspector General (DIG) Abdul Razzaq Cheema, said that the attack was aimed at ethnic Hazara community.
Reports said that the blast took place in a [green grocer’s] shop. An Improvised Explosive Device (IED) was planted in a gunny sack filled with potatoes.
“Whether it was timed or remote-controlled, our experts will tell. Right now they are investigating,” DIG Cheema said.
Eight of those killed were Hazara. At least one Frontier Corps soldier deputed for their security was also martyred in the attack, DIG Cheema said. Others who lost their lives included shopkeepers, businessmen and citizens working or residing in the area.
Four soldiers were among the injured.
The Hazarganji area in Quetta has been witness to similar attacks in the past. Hazara shopkeepers are known to stock vegetables and fruits from the Hazarganji bazaar to sell at their own shops. They are provided a security escort to and from Hazarganji since they are constantly under threat of attack.