Pakistani soldiers and volunteers attempt to move a victim's body after a blast in Quetta on August 12, 2017.

A powerful blast has killed at least 15 people and wounded 32 others in Pakistan's southwestern province of Balochistan, which borders Iran and Afghanistan, an official said. / AFP PHOTO / BANARAS KHAN

Attack on army vehicle kills 15

F.P. Report

QUETTA: A suicide bomber on a motorcycle targeted a military truck Saturday with a bomb killing eight soldiers and seven civilians and dozens wounded, some of them are in critical condition , at the busy Pishin Stop on Saturday.

The ISPR, confirmed 15 shaheed, including seven civilians, and 25 injured, among them 15 civilians. “Incendiary explosives were used in the attack,” it added.

An explosives expert who examined the site, said after collecting forensic evidence that it was a suicide attack and that the attacker was carrying some 25 kilograms of “incendiary explosives” on a motorcycle that he rammed into the military truck.

Provincial home minister Sarfraz Bugti and government spokesman Anwar ul Haq Kakar confirmed the death toll but put the number of wounded at 32. Balochistan Home Minister Sarfraz Bugti also confirmed that a military truck was the target.

The casualties have been shifted to the city’s hospitals where a state of emergency has already been declared. Medics say some of the injured have life-threatening wounds, while the bodies of the dead are charred beyond recognition. Some of the injured were also shifted to CMH Quetta.

According to the ISPR, army troops threw a security cordon around the area as fire engines reached the site to douse the blaze on the vehicles.

Police were not sure about the nature of the explosion before the bomb disposal squad was called in. The blast was so huge that all the cars parked in the area caught fire, raising fears of a heightened death toll. No group has claimed responsibility for the attack.

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