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QUETTA | At least 15 people, including seven civilians, were killed and 32 others were injured in a bomb attack Saturday night in Baluchistan province’s volatile south-western Pakistan, claimed by the group islamic State.
The attack targeted a military vehicle, and was conducted in the middle “of explosive and incendiary”, causing a fire to other cars in the vicinity, said a spokesman for the army.
The blast occurred at a bus stop in Quetta, the provincial capital.
The group islamic State-Khorasan – name of the local branch of the ARS in Afghanistan and Pakistan – claimed responsibility for the attack in a statement, reported the SITE Intelligence Group, specialized in the monitoring of internet sites islamists.
A motorcycle bomb is at the origin of the attack, said the release.
The group was already known to have collaborated with local activists of pakistan for other attacks.
According to the secretary for home affairs of the province, Sarfraz Bugti, the firemen were still at work in the night to stop the fire.
According to him, the nature of the explosion has not been determined and an investigation is underway.
The army was deployed to the area and established a security cordon around the site.
The wounded have been evacuated to the hospital.
The president Mamnoon Hussain and the chief of staff of the pakistan army, Qamar Javed Bajwa condemned the attack.
This explosion comes two days before the 70 th anniversary of the independence of Pakistan.
The army chief complained about a company in order to undermine the celebrations.
“Our resolve shall not assign the face to any difficulties”, he stressed in a press release.
Militants of the group islamic State and the taliban have already attacked the city of Quetta in the past.
Baluchistan, which borders Iran and Afghanistan, is a province rich in natural resources but wracked by an uprising of separatist violence and the islamists.