Wednesday, 05 May, 2021


Taliban targets heavily fortified hotel hosting the Chinese ambassador in Quetta

Image Reuters The Pakistan Taliban claimed responsibility for the bombing Image Reuters The Pakistan Taliban claimed responsibility for the bombing
Kristine Garrett | 22 April, 2021, 11:27

Four people have been killed and 12 others injured in an explosion that hit a parking lot of a hotel in the Pakistani city of Quetta, local deputy commissioner Aurangzeb Badini said on Wednesday. Some security officials said the bomb exploded minutes after a vehicle entered the parking lot.

The separatists in the region accuse the government and China of exploiting Balochistan, one of Pakistan's poorest provinces, for its gas and mineral wealth - with, they say, little benefit to local people. It is reported that security forces have cordoned off the area surrounding the site of the blast. Police said responders took victims to nearby hospitals.

The Pakistan Taliban claimed responsibility for the bombing.

'An explosion has rocked the parking area of the Serena Hotel, ' police official Nasir Malik told Reuters, saying 11 people had been wounded.

The militant group Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan claimed responsibility for the attack.

A Pakistani man comforts to another mourning over the death of his family member in a bomb blast, at a hospital in Quetta. Quetta is the capital of the mineral-rich southwestern Balochistan province bordering Iran and Afghanistan, which has always been the scene of a low-level insurgency by local nationalists, who want more of a share in the regional resources.

Sharing further details on the law and order situation in the country, he said that there were threats for such an attack in Quetta, Peshawar, Karachi, Islamabad and Rawalpindi.

Senior police official Azhar Akram said officers were trying to determine whether the bomb was planted in a vehicle that was parked in the hotel's parking lot. "Terrorists want to disrupt peace in Baluchistan".

Chinese Ambassador Nong Rong had earlier in the day met provincial Chief Minister Jam Kamal in the city, according to a tweet from the provincial government spokesman, Liaquat Shahwani. Pakistan Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry said authorities were investigating and a statement would be issued later.

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