QUETTA: ICMD, April 12, 2019

At least 20 people were killed and 48 injured in a blast believed to be targeting members of the Hazara community in Quetta's Hazarganji market on Friday morning.

The attack claimed the lives of nine Hazara and one Frontier Corps (FC) soldier who was deputed for the community's security, said Deputy Inspector General (DIG) Abdul Razzaq Cheema. The 10 others who lost their lives included shopkeepers, businessmen and citizens working or residing in the area.

DIG Cheema, who was present at the site of the attack, said the blast targeted the Hazara ethnic community.

"The attack took place in a [green grocer's] shop. An Improvised Explosive Device (IED) was planted in a gunny sack filled with potatoes. Whether it was timed or remote-controlled, our experts will tell. Right now they are investigating," DIG Cheema told reporters at the site of the attack.

Initial report

At least 14 people were killed and several injured in a blast at Quetta's Hazarganji sabzi mandi this morning, TV reports quoting rescue and hospital sources said.

Fourteen bodies were brought to hospital whereas at least 13 others were injured and are being treated, hospital sources informed said.

DIG Quetta Abdul Razaq Cheema earlier confirmed the death toll at eight.

Buildings located nearby were also damaged in the blast, police said.

The injured are being treated at Bolan Medical Complex.

Security forces cordoned off the site of the blast.

Deputy Inspector General (DIG) Abdul Razzaq Cheema confirmed 8 death earlier telling media that the blast was targeting members of the Hazara community.

Seven of those killed were members of the Hazara community, while one Frontier Corps soldier was martyred in the attack, DIG Cheema said. Later, others reports claim the number of dead has reached 14.