Blast targeting Hazara community in Quetta kills 20, injures 48

A bomb blast in the Hazarganji market of Quetta has killed at least 20 people and injured dozens. It was reported that the blast targeted members of the Hazara community. The Deputy Inspector General (DIG) Abdul Razzaq Cheema in Quetta, while talking to the media on the blast site, said the blast targeted the Hazara ethnic community. However, Balochistan’s Home Minister Ziaullah Langove said that the blast was not targeting Hazaras.

The Minister, while talking to media, said “Our guess is that no specific community was targeted. Marri Baloch and FC personnel were among those killed as well. The numbers of the Hazara community were just greater,”

On the other hand, DIG Cheema said, “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.”

It was reported that eight of those killed were Hazara. A Frontier Corps soldier was also martyred in the attack.  Four FC soldiers were among the injured.

The Hazara community has again asked the government for better security as the community has often come under such attacks. Qadir Nayil, a Hazara community leader, asked the government for provision of better protection. “Once again our people were the target and once again we will have to bury our dear ones. We demand more security from the government and all those involved in today’s act of terrorism should be found and punished”, he said.

The social media also widely condemned the attack:

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