Five Children Among Fifteen People Killed in Quetta Blast
QUETTA: Police in Quetta said a deadly bomb blast outside a religious school on Thursday had killed at least fifteen people, including five children and injured forty others. The blast took place at Sariab link road, in Satellite town area.
The powerful blast occurred when hundreds of students and religious scholars were busy at Jamia Islamia Miftah-ul-Uloom led by prominent religious scholar Maulana Abdul Baqi, during a degree distributing ceremony (Dastar bandi) among 150 students who just memorized Quran.
DIG Operations Qazi Abdul Wahid, who reached the spot after the blast told media persons that explosives were fitted with a bicycle which was left outside madaris close to its main gate by unidentified person when he could not succeed to enter inside the madaris due to tight security. Resultantly, the explosives exploded with a huge blast, killing 14 people, including five children and left more than 40 others with critical wounds.
Police, personnel of Frontier Corps and Edhi ambulances rushed to the site soon after the blast and moved the dead and injured to Civil Hospital Quetta and private hospitals. An emergency was declared in civil hospital.
Doctor Muhammad Haider at the Civil Hospital said five children were also among the dead who were brought to hospital while condition of some injured was critical. “Some injured also succumbed to their injuries in the hospital,” he added. The critical injured were later moved to Combined Military Hospital for further treatment and the condition of five injured is said to be precarious.
According to eyewitnesses, the explosives were planted with a cart parked near the madaris. “It was not a suicide blast,” DIG Operations confirmed and adding that police were already deputed in the area where blast took place. “Had the blast occurred inside madaris the number of casualties would have been more high” he added.
Police and personnel of Frontier Corps cordoned off the area after the blast and tightened the security. The blast was so powerful that damaged several vehicles and rickshaws and shattered windowpanes of nearby shops.
“Around five to eight kilograms of explosive was used in the blast,” officials of Bomb Disposal Squad said, and adding splinters of nuts and bolts, which were used in the bombs, were also found from blast site.
Capital City Police Officer (CCPO) Quetta Mir Zubair said that it was a remote controlled blast and adding that the religious seminaries were not receiving any threats.
“The degree distribution ceremony was just about to conclude when the blast occurred that jolted entire madaris,” Qari Inyatullah, a senior student of Jamia Islamia told The Nation and adding that as they came outside saw dozens of students and people lying on the ground with pool of blood and shouting for help.
Eyewitnesses said that there was no proper security arrangements at madaris as the people could move easily in the premises of madaris when the gruesome incident occurred.
Sources said that two nephew of Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam’s General Secretary Senator Abdul Ghafoor Haidari identified as Shabir Ahmed and Kaleemullah were also among the dead.
Some other deceased were identified as Faizan 6, Muhammad Younns 8, Pir Bakush 10, Whzakat and Fizan, Haji Inyatullah, Qari Atta-ur-Rehman, Rahatullah, Nazeer Ahmed, Qari Hussain Ahmed and Muheebullah.
A large number of relatives of victims rushed to the hospital soon after the incident to confirm about the condition of their dear ones.
Governor of Balochistan Nawab Zulfiqar Ali Magsi and Chief Minister Nawab Muhammad Aslam Raisani condemned the blast and directed authorities concerned to investigate the incident and take stern action against the culprits.