QUETTA: A suicide attacker blows himself outside an imambargah in Bolan’s Goth Chalgari area, killing at least 10 including six children people and injuring many others.
All the injured have been shifted to district hospital, where an emergency has been declared.
Security forces have reached the blast site and cordoned off the area.
According to initial reports, the explosion was heard in a wide area and shattered windows in the nearby vicinity.
Security has been beefed up in and around the locality after the blast, with contingents of FC and police patrolling different areas.
Earlier in the week, a blast in a local bus killed at least 10 people, two of them children, on Sariab road. Twenty-two people were injured, six of them seriously.
Balochistan Chief Minister Abdul Malik Baloch had condemned the blast and said, “I am personally monitoring the situation.”
Preparations were made to ensure that the Muharram passes incident-free and security plans to ensure the safety of processions were finalised.
Balochistan has been experiencing incident violence and targeted killings since more than a decade. More than 1,400 incidents targeting the minority Shia and Hazara community have taken place in the province during the past 15 years.
While sectarian terrorism in Balochistan has disproportionately targeted the Hazara community, easily identifiable because of their distinctive physical appearance, other Shias — especially pilgrims travelling to and from Iran — have not been spared either.
The largest province of the country by area, is home to a low-level insurgency by ethnic Baloch separatists. Al Qaeda-linked and sectarian militants also operate in the region.