Iran embassy condemns terrorist attack in Pakistan
Islamabad, Embassy of Iran in Pakistan on Friday strongly condemned a terrorist attack in Pakistan's southwestern city of Quetta which killed 20 people and injured 48 others.
The embassy in a statement said our thoughts are with the victims and we pray the Almighty for early recovery of the injured.
Deputy Inspector General (DIG) of Quetta police Abdul Razzaq Cheema said the blast, which ripped through the Hazarganji area of Quetta was caused by an improvised explosive device (IED) that had been hidden in the fruit market.
He said the attack also claimed the lives of nine Hazara Shia community members and one Frontier Corps (FC) soldier who was deputed for the community's security.
The 10 others who lost their lives included shopkeepers, businessmen and citizens working or residing in the area.
Security forces cordoned off the area and injured were shifted to Bolan Medical Complex. Police fear the death toll may rise.
Buildings located nearby were also damaged in the blast, police said earlier.
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