Bomb blast in Quetta, Pakistan (Photo Credits: Twitter)
Islamabad: At least four people were killed and more than two dozen people were injured in a powerful bombing in the parking lot of the luxury Serena Hotel in Quetta city of Pakistan. Police said that the rescue team has taken the victims to nearby hospitals. Footage shown on Pakistan’s news channels showed burning cars. Pakistan’s security forces have sealed the spot and no one is being allowed to go near the blast site. BSF demands registration of FIR against Pakistani pigeon
Hours after the attack, the Pakistani Taliban claimed responsibility for this by making a statement. The terrorist organization claimed that it was a suicide attack. The Pakistani Taliban or Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan is a separate rebel group from the Afghan Taliban.
Local senior police officer Azhar Akram said that efforts were being made to ascertain whether the bomb was planted in a car parked in the hotel parking lot. He did not provide any further details and said that the police are still investigating. Other security officials said the bomb exploded minutes after a car entered the parking lot. Pakistan’s investigative agencies are currently trying to confirm whether it was a suicide attack or not.
On the other hand, Pakistan Interior Minister (Home Minister) Sheikh Rasheed Ahmad has blamed this on the neighboring country of India. However, Imran’s minister blamed India for this bombing, but did not provide any evidence. He told a Pakistani Geo News channel that Pakistan has only one enemy and that is India. Ahmed said that he had received intelligence about possible attacks in the capital Islamabad and elsewhere and this information was shared with the authorities concerned to tighten security.
Baluchistan Interior Minister Ziaullah Langove said that Chinese Ambassador Nong Rong stayed in the hotel at the time of the bombings, but it was not clear what was the motive behind the attack. He said that no guest was hurt, but one of the four people who died in this attack included a police officer. Actually, foreigners visiting Pakistan stay in this hotel, because it is the only luxury hotel in the city and it is also considered safe.
The bomb blast in Quetta comes hours after Pakistan and neighboring Iran opened a new cross-border point in Balochistan to improve trade and economic relations. Which border Balochistan joins with Iran and Afghanistan. The Pakistani Taliban has been targeting the military and civilians across the country since 2001.