6 including 5 security personnel killed, 17 injured in a deadly blast in Quetta


QUETTA, Jan 09 (TNS): At least six including five security personnel have been killed and seventeen others injured in a powerful explosion near Balochistan Assembly on Zarghoon Road in Quetta this evening.

Reportedly, the explosion took place near Balochistan Constabulary truck which was carrying over 30 security personnel.

The security forces have cordoned off the blast site, whereas, rescue teams have also arrived at the scene to move the injured persons to the hospitals.

The death toll is expected to rise as condition of several injured persons is said to be critical. The local authorities have also declared emergency at hospitals across the city.

More than six thousand security personnel were deployed in Quetta’s Red Zone area as the provincial lawmakers were expected to submit a no-confidence motion against Balochistan Chief Minister Sanaullah Zehri today.

Later, the provincial assembly session was adjourned after Sanaullah Zehri decided to step down on the advice of Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi.