BUS BLAST KILLS 22 SHIA PILGRIMS NEAR PAK-IRAN BORDER

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The bus was coming from Pakistan-Iran border at Taftan when it was attacked in Darin Garh area of Mastung, officials said. —AFP File
The bus was coming from Pakistan-Iran border at Taftan when it was attacked in Darin Garh area of Mastung, officials said. —AFP File

QUETTA, Jan 21 — At least 22 people were killed and dozens injured Tuesday when a powerful explosion ripped through a bus carrying Shia pilgrims in Balochistan’s militancy-hit Mastung district, reported Dawn.

The bus was coming from Pakistan-Iran border at Taftan when it was attacked in Dringhar area, on the main Quetta-Taftan Highway in Mastung district, some 50 kilometres southwest of Quetta.

Shafqat Anwar, the Assistant Commissioner in Mastung, said the bus caught fire after the blast. Anwar added that at least 32 people were injured, which included 24 men and eight women.

Fire fighters were rushed from Quetta to extinguish the roaring flames.

Police, Levies and Frontier Corps (FC) personnel reached the area to evacuate the injured and shift them to hospitals. Emergency was also imposed in all government-run hospitals of Quetta to provide medical treatment to the injured.

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