BALOCHISTAN: Five people were killed and 13 were injured when a bomb exploded inside a crowded market in the Barkhan district of Balochistan, Pakistan.
It was the morning of February 26, and people were just opening their shops and malls when a blast occurred inside the market.
Four people were killed on the scene and one died on the way to the hospital.
Thirteen injured victims have been transferred to the nearby Tehsil Head Quarter Hospital (THQ) Barkhan by the rescue teams.
The blast occurred when an improvised explosive device (IED) attached to a motorcycle exploded inside the market.
Deputy Commissioner of Police Barkhan, Abdullah Khoso said the blast was so loud that, in fact, it was the cause of panic in the nearby towns at the border of another province (Punjab).
Moreover, he said, among the ten victims, six had critical injuries that were referred to Dera Gazi Khan Hospital in Punjab (a neighbouring province of Balochistan) for advanced medical facilities.
Police and investigative agencies have arrived at the exploded area to gather evidence in order to identify the suspects.He added.
However, no one has taken responsibility for the attack yet. But since TTP (Tehreek e Taliban Pakistan) broke the peace agreement with the security forces of Pakistan, the whole country has been under the threat of attacks by TTP in several districts of Pakistan. Consequently, the suspects in this bomb blast could be linked to TTP.
The chief minister of Balochistan, Abdul Qudus Bazzenjo, while condemning the incident, said, those who shed the blood of innocent people are enemies of humanity.
Moreover, he said terrorists are trying to create uncertainty in the whole country, but the state will never ever let them achieve their evil goals.
The Prime Minister of Pakistan, Mian Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif, also condemned the incident and hoped for the speedy recovery of the wounded.
The President of Pakistan, Arif Alvi, also condemned the bomb blast and advised the security forces to boost their operations against the anti-state elements.