Pakistan: 8 killed in blast at Quetta

Pakistani police officers examine the site of an explosion in Quetta, Pakistan. A powerful bomb went off near the office of the provincial police chief in southwest Pakistan on Friday, causing casualties, police said. AP/PTI Photo
Pakistani police officers examine the site of an explosion in Quetta, Pakistan. A powerful bomb went off near the office of the provincial police chief in southwest Pakistan on Friday, causing casualties, police said. AP/PTI Photo

At least eight people were killed and 16 injured in a blast in Pakistan's Quetta city on Friday, police said.

The blast occurred near Balochistan province's Inspector General of Police Ehsan Mehboob's office on Gulistan Road where important government offices are located, reports Dawn news.

Deputy Inspector General of Police Abdul Razzaq Cheema confirmed the toll which includes four policemen. He said the nature of the blast is yet to be determined.

"CCTV footage of the site will be used to determine the cause and nature of the blast," he said.

The injured were moved to Quetta's Civil Hospital, the police said.

The rescue operation in the area has been completed, Dawn news reported.

No group has claimed responsibility so far.

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