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Explosion kills six in Pakistan’s Balochistan province

A file photo of the site of a blast that took place at Pakistan’s border town of Chaman on August 10, 2020. (Photo by ASGHAR ACHAKZAI/AFP via Getty Images)

By: Chandrashekar Bhat

A BOMB exploded in Chaman in Pakistan’s Balochistan province on Friday (21), killing at least six people and wounding 14 others.

The incident took place during a Palestine solidarity rally organised by the Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam – Nazaryati (JUI) at Murghi Bazaar of Chaman near the Pakistan-Afghanistan border.

JUI leaders Abdul Qadir Luni and Qari Mehrullah were unharmed in the explosion.

Provincial government spokesman Liaquat Shahwani said 10 of the injured were shifted to the district hospital at Chaman and the rest to Quetta. He added that the site of the blast was cordoned off.

No one has claimed responsibility for the attack.

Condemning the incident, Balochistan chief minister Jam Kamal Khan Alyani vowed to not allow anyone to disturb law and order in the region.

“Terrorist elements do not deserve any leniency. No one will be allowed to disturb the law and order of the province,” Dawn quoted him as saying.

There has been a wave of attacks in the region in recent months. At least five people had died in an explosion in a car parking area of a hotel in Quetta in April, days after a blast in Allahbad town in which a dozen people were injured.

Fourteen security personnel were killed in an encounter with terrorists in Ormara in October last year after an attack on their convoy.

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