Friday Jan 10 2020
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15 martyred, 20 injured as blast strikes Quetta mosque

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QUETTA: At least 15 people were martyred and 20 were injured after a blast struck a mosque located in the city's Ghousabad neighbourhood, officials said Friday. 

According to police, DSP Amanullah was among those who were martyred in the blast that took place in the evening. Rescue teams arrived soon to shift the injured to the Civil Hospital for medical treatment.

Law enforcement agencies cordoned off the area to initiate an investigation into the incident. 

Police said a month ago, DSP Amanullah's son had been martyred in a firing incident. Amanullah was deployed at the Police Training College located on Saryab Road. 

Site of blast in Quetta's Ghousabad area-- Photo: AFP

COAS says will give full assistance to police and civil administration

Chief of the Army Staff General Qamar Bajwa said that Pakistan Army will give complete assistance to police and the civil administration, DG ISPR Major General Asif Ghafoor said in a tweet.

The DG ISPR conveyed the COAS’ message and quoted him as saying: “Those who targeted innocents in a mosque can never be true Muslim.”

The army’s spokesman said that the Frontier Corps personnel reached the site of the blast. 

CM, Governor Balochistan condemn blast

Balochistan Chief Minister Jam Kamal Khan condemned the blast and expressed grief at the loss of lives. He directed security agencies to take stringent measures across the province to ensure citizens remained safe and secure.

Governor Balochistan Abdul Quddus Bizenjo and Punjab Chief Minister Usman Buzdar also condemned the blast. 

Blast kills two in Quetta

Earlier this week on Tuesday, two people were killed and 14 were injured in a blast near McConaghey Road in Quetta.

Initial findings suggested that explosive material was installed on a bike, which was detonated in the proximity of an FC vehicle. Nearby shops were damaged and a motorcycle parked nearby caught fire in the explosion.

Balochistan Home Minister Mir Ziaullah Langove condemned the blast. He said miscreants were trying to disturb the peaceful environment in the province.