Two blasts near an Imam Bargah in Quetta resulted in the death of at least 28 people up till now. More than 60 other people have also sustained injuries, in what is being termed as a suicide attack by police sources.
Reportedly, the bomber failing to gain entrance in the Abu Talib mosque in Aliabad area of Hazara Town detonated the bombs strapped to his body. The brunt was bore by the believers who assembled for evening prayers in the said mosque.
The initial reports of Police indicated that a hand grenade caused the first blast, forcing people to run in the direction of the mosque, where a suicide bomber detonated his explosives.
The injured were immediately shifted to the Combined Military Hospital (CMH), while the dead bodies were taken to Civil Hospital.
Many houses and shops in the vicinity of Imam Bargah also got damaged.
According to Express News correspondent, Lashkar-e-Jhangvi – a banned militant outfit has accepted responsibility of the attacks.
In a statement issued by Associate Press of Pakistan, President Asif Ali Zardari strongly condemned the blast in Quetta and expressed sympathies for the bereaved families.
Majlis Wahdat ul Muslimeen (MWM) has announced that it will be holding nationwide protests against the series of suicide attacks that happened.