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16 killed, 30 injured in Quetta terrorist attack

Islamabad, At least sixteen people were killed and thirty others were injured in a blast in Pakistan's southwestern city of Quetta on Friday, police say.

Deputy Inspector General of Quetta police Abdul Razzaq Cheema said the blast, which ripped through the Hazarganji area of the city was caused by an improvised explosive device (IED) that had been hidden in the fruit market.

He said eight of those killed were members of the Hazara Shia community.

Security forces cordoned off the area and injured have been shifted to Bolan Medical Complex. Police fear the death toll may rise.

Buildings located nearby were also damaged in the blast, police said earlier.

Emergency has been imposed in all hospitals of Quetta. The police have stated that the nature of the blast is being ascertained.

The Hazara community has been disproportionately targeted by sectarian violence as they are easily identifiable due to their distinctive physical appearance.

A report released by the National Commission for Human Rights (NCHR) last year stated that 509 members of Hazara community were killed and 627 injured in various incidents of terrorism in Quetta from January 2012 to Dec 2017.

Source: Islamic Republic News Agency IRNA

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