In a tragic incident in Pakistan’s troubled Balochistan province, a suicide blast near a mosque resulted in the loss of 52 lives and left over 50 individuals injured. The explosion occurred in close proximity to the Madina Mosque in Mastung district as people were gathering to commemorate Eid Miladun Nabi, the birth anniversary of Prophet Muhammad.
Among the casualties was Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Nawaz Gashkori, who was present at the rally when the explosion took place. City Station House Officer (SHO) Mohammad Javed Lehri confirmed that it was a “suicide blast,” with the bomber exploding himself near the DSP’s vehicle.
The wounded are currently being transported to medical facilities, with emergency measures in place at hospitals due to the severity of some injuries. Jan Achakzai, the interim information minister of Balochistan, announced that rescue teams have been dispatched to Mastung, and critically injured individuals are being transferred to Quetta. He expressed his anguish over the attack and stated, “The enemy wants to destroy religious tolerance and peace in Balochistan with foreign blessings.”
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Achakzai also revealed that the caretaker Chief Minister, Ali Mardan Domki, has instructed authorities to apprehend those responsible for the blast. Meanwhile, interim Interior Minister Sarfraz Ahmed Bugti strongly condemned the attack.Notably, the Tehrik-e Taliban Pakistan has denied any involvement in the incident, and as of now, no group has claimed responsibility for the tragic explosion.
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