QUETTA: One person was killed and 25 others were injured, 12 of them seriously, in a bomb blast at a sweet shop in Kohlu town of Balochistan on Friday.
Police said the bomb planted by unidentified miscreants inside the shop in the main bazaar area went off when a large number people were there for purchasing sweets.
The shop was completely destroyed in the powerful blast. Many nearby shops and buildings were also damaged.
Soon after the explosion, police and personnel of other law enforcement agencies rushed to the site and shifted the body and the injured to the district headquarters hospital.
“We have received one body and 25 injured,” Dr Asghar Marri, medical superintendent of the hospital said, adding that the condition of at least 12 of the injured was serious.
They were shifted to Dera Ghazi Khan for treatment, as they received multiple injuries in the blast, he said. Officials said rescue teams reached the site and retrieved some of the people from the debris of the shop.
Police rejected a perception that it was a gas cylinder blast, as initial investigation suggested it was bomb blast. “It was a time bomb, weighing over two kilograms, planted inside the sweet shop,” senior police officer Sariab Khetran confirmed when reached by telephone.
He said the bomb disposal squad personnel visited the site and collected evidence.
Balochistan Education Minister Mir Nasibullah Marri, who belongs to Kohlu district, reached the blast site and visited the hospital. He inquired after the health of the injured and asked the hospital management to provide best possible treatment to the victims.
CTD Kohlu registered a case against unidentified people and started an investigation. No one has claimed responsibility for the blast.