12 killed, 20 injured as blast hits army truck in SW Pakistan

Vehicles are seen burning after a bomb blast in Quetta Pakistan

While 12 people were reported to have died on the spot, dozens were left wounded.

15 people including security officials lost their lives and 25 others were injured in a blast targeting an army truck in the provincial capital, military and government officials said on Saturday.

Balochistan's home minister, Sarfraz Bugti, said 32 other people were injured in the explosion, which targeted commuters at a bus stop. He said it was not immediately clear if it was a suicide blast or a remotely controlled explosive device.

According to a statement issued by the military's media wing, eight security personnel were killed in the blast.

The explosion occurred in the Pishun Stop locality of the city, which remains busy on weekend due to high number of restaurants and shops.

A huge fire erupted after the explosion that engulfed four auto rickshaws, four cars and two motorbikes.

Middle East-based Islamic State, which has a branch of loosely affiliated fighters in Afghanistan and Pakistan, claimed the attack shortly afterwards, saying a motorcycle suicide bomber had killed 17 soldiers.

The injured were rushed to Civil Hospital, where a state of emergency was declared. Militant groups operating in the province have previously claimed responsibility for attacking security forces.

Earlier in June, three security officials were injured after an improvised explosive device (IED) seemingly targeted their vehicle in the Johan area of Kalat. "At least 32 others are wounded", Bugti told a local TV station.

In May, at least 10 labourers were killed in Balochistan's Gwadar district when unidentified assailants opened fire at the construction site where they were working.

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