Bomb Blast Kills 15 in Southwestern Pakistan

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"Fifteen people including seven civilians were martyred", the statement said.

At least 15 people died and over were 32 injured in a high-intensity bomb blast in Quetta's Pishin Stop area in Pakistan on Saturday.

According to ISPR, an army truck was the main target of the terrorists. He said a state of emergency had been imposed in the city and all hospitals were on alert.

Army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa condemned the terrorist attack on the army truck in Quetta which he called "an attempt to mar Independence Day festivity" in the country.

The bomb went off at the busy Pishin Stop triggering a fire on several vehicles parked nearby.

Baluchistan home minister Sarfraz Bugti told local Dunya TV that a rescue operation was underway.

"Our resolve won't succumb to any challenge", Bajwa was quoted as saying in an official tweet from a top military spokesman.

Quetta is near Pakistan's border with Afghanistan and Balochistan Province also borders Iran to the west.

Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) confirmed that at least 15 people including eight security forces' personnel embraced martyrdom while 25 others were injured in the blast in which a security forces' vehicle was targeted.

The province was rocked by a series of attacks late previous year that claimed over 180 lives and raised concerns about a growing militant presence, including fighters affiliated with Islamic State, which has claimed several bombings in Baluchistan. The entire area was cordoned off by police and security forces.

Past attacks in the province have been claimed by the Pakistani Taliban, ISIL, as well as by Baloch separatist fighters who are fighting for independence from Pakistan.

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