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India doesnt want peace in Pakistan, says Sheikh Rasheed after Quetta blast

India doesnt want peace in Pakistan, says Sheikh Rasheed after Quetta blast”

Four people were killed and over a dozen others injured when an explosive-laden vehicle exploded on Wednesday night inside the parking of Serena Hotel in Quetta, capital city of southwest Pakistan's Balochistan Province, according to the country's Interior Ministry. 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.

The outlawed Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan has claimed responsibility for the blast. Per the police, the initial investigation has revealed the explosion was caused when explosive material, planted inside a vehicle, detonated. Other security officials said the bomb exploded minutes after a auto entered the parking lot, and authorities were investigating to determine whether it was a suicide attack.

He further said that no group has taken responsibility for the attack so far.

"A auto that was full of explosives exploded in the hotel", Pakistan's Interior Minister Sheikh Rashid Ahmad told local ARY News TV.

The Provincial Disaster Management Authority (PDMA) officers arrived at the site to carry out relief activities.

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. "Terrorists want to disrupt peace in Baluchistan".

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"This was a big blast and the Chinese ambassador was also staying at this hotel, but he wasn't there at the time; he was out at a function", Sheikh Rashid Ahmad said, cited by Reuters.

One person out of four was identified as Asadullah Khan while three other who were killed in the blast were not identified.

"All guests staying in the hotel were deemed safe in the blast", officials said.

Injured include two assistant commissioners of the Balochistan government, who were present in the hotel when the blast occurred, were immediately shifted to the Civil Hospital Quetta along with other wounded people.

Pakistan has almost completed a fence along the border with Afghanistan, which Islamabad says is necessary to prevent militant attacks from both sides.



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