QUETTA: At 26 people sustained injuries in a bomb blast on Quetta’s busy Prince Road on Wednesday night. Three injured were said to be in a critical condition. Prince road is one of the busiest areas of Quetta where dozens of hotels and shops are located. The area was packed with the people when blast occurred, said the sources. “At least 26 civilians were wounded and three of them are in critical condition in the bicycle bombing on Prince Road,” Quetta Capital City Police Officer (CCPO) Abdul Razzaq Cheema told media. The blast occurred while President Mamnoon Hussain was in Quetta on a two-day visit.
Razzaq Cheema said an improvised explosive device (IED) weighing five kilogrammes was fitted to a bicycle and parked outside a hotel. As result of explosion, 26 people, all civil including two children, sustained splinter wounds. Six shops caught fire after the explosion. Rescue workers, police and security forces rushed the crime scene after the blast and threw a cordon in the area. The fire tenders were called in to distinguish the fire erupted in shops. The injured were transported to Provincial Sandeman Hospital. “At least 26 injured were brought here after the blast. Two are about eight to nine years old,” medics at hospital said.
The area plunged into darkness as the electricity wires also caught fire suspending the electricity supply to the area. The darkness caused hardship in rescue operation. A state of emergency was also declared at the hospital to cope with situation. Fire tenders managed to extinguish the fire. “Around five kilograms explosives were used in the explosion,” an official of Bomb Disposal Squad (BDS) told Daily Times. “Nut bolts and steel nails were used in the blast to cause maximum damages and casualties,” he added.