At least six people were killed and 17 others injured in a blast targeting a police vehicle in Quetta, captial of Pakistan's southwestern Balochistan province, on Tuesday evening, local media reported.
A large number of security personnel had been present near the site of the blast as a session of the Balochistan Assembly attended by nearly all its members had just concluded.
"The target of the suicide hit was police", said Balochistan IGP Moazzam Jah Ansari, talking to media persons at the blast site. Police personnel took positions around the provincial assembly building while additional contingents were also called in following the blast. Rescue teams shifted the bodies and injured to Civil Hospital, Bolan Medical Complex and Combined Military Hospital.
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He ruled out the impression that the terrorist had planned to attack the Balochistan Assembly and said the terrorists targeted police an hour after the assembly session had ended. The blast also damaged a nearby public bus. The area also houses several important government buildings. He said the earlier impression that the attacker used a motorcycle in the attack was incorrect.
Large numbers of security personnel reached the scene and cordoned off the area. The area was, however, cleared by the bomb disposal squad after strenuous efforts.
Senior police officer Abdul Razzaq Cheema confirmed the deaths of the four police personnel who belonged to the Balochistan Constabulary force.