The explosion took place as people gathered near a mosque for an Eid-i-Miladun Nabi procession
People gather at a hospital as victims are brought in. Pic/AP
At least 52 people including a police officer were killed and around 50 people injured in a blast near a mosque in the Mastung district of Pakistan’s Balochistan on Friday.
District Health Officer (DHO) Abdul Rasheed Shahi has confirmed the casualties. City Station House Officer (SHO) Mohammad Javed Lehri said a police official was among the casualties, according to a report by the Pakistan-based daily.
Dr Saeed Mirwani, chief executive of Shaheed Nawab Ghous Bakhsh Raisani Memorial Hospital, said dozens of people were undergoing treatment at his hospital while more than 20 injured have been referred to Quetta for medical assistance, Dawn reported.
According to Mastung Assistant Commissioner (AC) Atta-ul-Munim, the explosion took place when people were gathering for an Eid-i-Miladun Nabi procession near Madina Masjid at Alfalah Road. The Mastung AC had identified the DSP who had been killed as Nawaz Gishkori. SHO Lehri said that the explosion was a “suicide blast.”
Balochistan interim Information Minister Jan Achakzai said rescue teams had been sent to Mastung. The critically injured people were being taken to Quetta while an emergency had been imposed at hospitals.
No. of people injured in the blast
4 killed, 12 hurt as blast hits mosque
At least four people died and 12 others were injured in a suicide blast which ripped through a mosque during the Juma prayers in Pakistan’s restive Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province on Friday. The blast occurred near the mosque close to the Doaba police station in Hangu district. A terrorists who entered the Daoba police blew himself near the mosque building.
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