QUETTA, Pakistan (AFP) — At least 14 people were killed in a bomb blast Friday at a fruit market in Pakistan’s southwestern city of Quetta, officials told AFP.
Senior police official Abdul Razaq Cheema, who gave the toll, said most of the victims belong to the minority Shia Hazara community, who have been targeted in the past.
“We have 14 dead bodies and 15 people are injured in the bomb blast in Hazarganji neighborhood of Quetta,” he said.
The toll was confirmed by hospital staff.
An AFP reporter at the site saw human flesh and blood scattered around the site, with injured people screaming for help.
A local police officer who was posted at the fruit market and survived the bomb said the area had been packed at the time of the blast early in the morning.
During the early hours, trucks arrive with vegetables brought in from outside the city, to be shifted by traders into smaller vehicles and delivered throughout Quetta.
Nobody has claimed responsibility for the attack.
Balochistan, which borders Afghanistan and Iran, is Pakistan’s largest and poorest province, rife with ethnic, sectarian and separatist insurgencies.
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