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11 killed, 20 injured in blast at Quetta in PakistanPakistani police inspect the site of a powerful explosion that targeted a police vehicle in Quetta on June 23. AFP

11 killed, 20 injured in blast at Quetta in Pakistan

23 Jun 2017 | 1:10 PM

ISLAMABAD: A powerful bomb exploded near the office of the regional police chief in Pakistan’s restive Balochistan province on Friday, killing at least 11 people, including four policemen, and injuring 20 others. The incident occurred near Inspector General of Police Ehsan Mehboob’s office on Gulistan Road area of the provincial capital, Quetta.

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Karachi, June 23

A powerful bomb exploded near the office of the regional police chief in Pakistan’s restive Balochistan province on Friday, killing at least 11 people, including four policemen, and injuring 20 others.

The incident occurred near Inspector General of Police Ehsan Mehboob’s office on Gulistan Road area of the provincial capital, Quetta.

TV footage showed several badly damaged cars and a road littered with broken glass.

Deputy Inspector General of Police Abdul Razzaq Cheema told the media that the nature of the blast is yet to be determined.

“We cannot say anything about the nature of the attack. Investigations are on,” said Cheema.

“Security officials had tried to stop a car near Shuhada Chowk and the blast occurred moments later; however, we are still not sure if the car was the source of the blast,” he said.

“Eleven people were killed in the attack. Four of those killed were police officers, while nine security officials were among the wounded,” said Fareed Sumalan, a doctor at the Civil Hospital.

No one has claimed responsibility for the attack.

Balochistan has been facing insurgency by Baloch nationalists and Islamist militants. PTI

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