Blast near Quetta's Serena Hotel leaves 3 dead, 11 injured: sources

Blast near Quetta’s Serena Hotel leaves 3 dead, 11 injured: sources

QUETTA:  A bomb blast in Balochistan’s capital city of Quetta on Wednesday evening killed three people while leaving 11 others injured, Geo News reported, citing hospital sources.

According to police,  the blast took place in a parking lot located near the Serena Chowk at Sharah-e-Zarghoon. 

Per Geo News, the bomb was planted inside a car. 

Several vehicles parked in the area were damaged due to the intensity of the blast, the police said, adding that the wounded have been shifted to Quetta’s Civil Hospital.

Per witnesses, soon after the blast occurred, a fire brigade arrived at the parking area to put out the fire that some cars had caught. Firefighters were able to extinguish the fire and a cooling process is currently underway.

The blast, owing to its intensity, could be heard several kilometres away as well. 

 Police said it is trying to figure out the intensity of the blast. The area has been cordoned off and an investigation is underway.

Govt condemns blast 

Following the blast, Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting  Fawad Chaudhry said that condemned the blast and said that the Federal Ministry of Home Affairs is in close touch with the Balochistan government and a preliminary investigation related to the blast is underway. 

“The government will issue a statement as soon as the nature of the blast and the damage are determined,” he wrote on Twitter.

This is a developing story and will be updated as more details come in.

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