A videograb shows security personnel securing the blast site in Quetta on Sunday. Courtesy: Twitter
At least five persons have been injured in Pakistan's Quetta following a blast near the police lines area of the city, the media reported on Sunday, citing an official.
The Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) has taken responsibility for the attack, stating security officials were targeted in the blast, the Dawn reported.
The police, however, have not issued any statement so far in connection with the blast.
Zeeshan Ahmad, a worker in the Edhi foundation, involved in the rescue operation, told Dawn that the injured individuals have been shifted to the city's Civil Hospital.
He added that the area has been cordoned off by the police and emergency teams who were present at the site of the explosion.
Indo-Asian News Service
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Protesters staged a sit-in after the militant group captured and shot the miners last Sunday in Machh, an area some 30 miles east of Quetta, the capital of Pakistan's trouble Baluchistan province.
A vehicle carrying personnel from the country's anti-narcotic force was believed to be the target of the blast in Chaman town, which borders Afghanistan, senior police official Razzaq Cheema said.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation (MoFAIC) expressed its sincere condolences to Pakistan and Afghanistan and their peoples, as well as to the families of the victims of this tragedy. It also wished the injured a speedy recovery.
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