Powerful blast near Quetta’s Serena Hotel leaves 2 cops dead

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The bomb was fitted into a motorcycle. The injured were shifted to hospital, where an emergency was imposed….reports Asian Lite News

At least two policemen were killed and 13 others injured in an explosion near Quetta’s Serena Hotel, a luxury hotel, on Sunday evening.

Pakistan media reports said four passers-by were also wounded in the blast that targeted a police mobile near Tanzeem Chowk, Balochistan government spokesperson Liaquat Shahwani said in a statement.

He said the bomb was fitted into a motorcycle. The injured were shifted to hospital, where an emergency was imposed.

He condemned the attack, saying “terrorists want to disturb Balochistan’s peace and spread fear.”

“[We] will bring to justice the elements trying to create disturbance in peaceful Balochistan,” he added.

The incident comes more than three months after a powerful bomb exploded in the parking lot of the Quetta Serena Hotel, killing five people and wounding a dozen others.

Pakistan Taliban had claimed responsibility of blast at Serena Hotel in Balochistan’s Quetta in April.

Police said that the explosion took place at Zarghoon Road, near the city’s University Chowk, adding that the explosives were planted on a motorcycle. The explosion took place near a police van.

The injured, including two policemen, have been shifted to the city’s Civil Hospital, Deputy Inspector General Quetta said, adding that the windows of nearby buildings were shattered due to the explosion. Chief Minister of Balochistan Jam Kamal Khan has condemned the incident.

Cylinder blast kills 9

At least nine people were killed and seven others sustained burn injuries on late Sunday night in a cylinder blast in a passenger van in Gujranwala near Shah Kot area of Cantt police station.

According to rescue sources, the cylinder exploded, setting the van on fire, killing nine passengers and seriously injuring seven others, reported Dunya News.

After the gruesome incident, rescue teams rushed to the spot and started rescue operations to put out the fire in the passenger van.

The injured were rushed to the hospital, where the condition of several injured is said to be critical, reported Dunya News.

Pakistan’s Punjab Chief Minister Sardar Usman Buzdar has expressed sorrow over the loss of precious human lives due to van fire in Gujranwala and demanded a report from Commissioner Gujranwala Division and RPO.

According to Dunya News, he ordered an inquiry into the incident and asked authorities to immediately conduct a comprehensive investigation and submit a report. (ANI)

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