Today, around 16 people were killed and 30 injured in a bomb blast at a fruit market in SouthWestern city of Quetta in Pakistan, reports an official.
Provincial Police Chief for Balochistan, Mohsin Butt has reported the death toll and claims eight ethic Shai Hazaras were among the victims, workers from the market and one security official.
Mr. Hazara, whose Central Asian features make them recognize him easily, are a soft target for Sunni Militants, who considered them heretics.
Senior Police Official Abdul Razaq Cheema claims that the blast took place in Hazarganji neighborhood of Quetta. A reporter found human flesh and blood are scattered around the spot, with injured people asking for help.
A local policeman, who is posted at the fruit market and has survived the bomb blast said that the area had been packed at the time of the blast that took place early in the morning.
Irfan Khan, wounded labor in his early 20s, said from a hospital in Quetta that “I was loading a small truck and I heard a huge bang and it seemed as if the earth beneath me had shaken and I fell down.” There he is receiving treatment from minor injuries.
Mr. Khan continued, “The atmosphere was filled with black smoke and I could not see anything, I could hear people screaming for help and I was also screaming for help.”
He also informed that the air was “filled with the stinging smell of burnt human flesh.” That time, Mr. Khan has lost his consciousness and awoke in the hospital. His injuries include shrapnel from ball bearings and pieces of metal, “but the doctors say I should be discharged very soon.”
No outfit has yet been claimed responsibility behind his blast.
Balochistan borders Iran and Afghanistan is Pakistan’s largest and poorest province, rife with ethnic, separatist and sectarian insurgencies.
Mr. Hazara sorts up roughly 500000 of Quetta’s populations to 2.3 million. A Police Chief Butt claims that the victims of the bomb blast are offered police protection every time they visit the fruit markets.
He continued that “the same happened today, there were police and FC (Frontier Constabulary) guarding them when the blast occurred.”
Police are undergoing an investigation to sort what sorts of the blast it was, added Mr. Hazara.
In Pakistan, violence has dropped significantly since the nation’s deadliest-ever militant attack, a strike on a school in the NorthWestern city of Peshawar in 2014, which took the lives of over 150 people, most of them are children.