Pakistan blast kills at least six in Quetta

Reuters

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The attack targeted a truck carrying police personnel on the city's main Saryab road on Wednesday morning, local police official Muhammad Akbar told Al Jazeera. The blast was so intense that the truck was completely burnt and a vehicle and motorcycle also damaged.

"Twenty-two others are injured", he said.

He added: "These cowardly attacks will not hinder our security forces in executing their duties".

At least 40 people were killed in twin blasts in Quetta and northwestern town of Parachinar in June.

"The war against terrorism is not over".

In a written statement, the ministry said: "We condemn this heinous terrorist act and wish Allah's mercy on those who lost their lives and a speedy recovery to the wounded while conveying our condolences to the government and brotherly people of Pakistan".

The minister further stated that fronesic team from Lahore will come tomorrow to further investigate this incident.

Rescue operations underway at Quetta blast site in Sariab area.

No group immediately claimed responsibility for the attack.

Abdur Razzaq Cheema, the police chief in Quetta, says 22 people were also wounded, several critically. Security officials said the explosion set on fire multiple vehicles at Pishin Stop in the provincial capital of Balochistan.

A steady stream of ambulances was seen shifting the injured and bodies to the nearby hospitals.

Balochistan Home Minister Sarfraz Bugti said the nature of the blast couldn't be ascertained, adding that security forces might be the target.

Balochistan has experienced incidents of violence and targeted killings for over a decade.

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