50 including SAMAA cameraman killed, over 100 hurt in two successive blasts in Quetta

50 including SAMAA cameraman killed, 	over 100 hurt in two successive blasts in Quetta

QUETTA: At least 50 persons, including SAMAA cameraman, have been killed and over 100 persons including SAMAA staff sustained injuries in two successive loud blasts on Almadar Road in Quetta, SAMAA reported on Thursday.

According to initial reports, one after the other repeated blasts occurred on Alamdar Road in Quetta, leaving over 50 persons killed and over 100 others injured. 

SAMAA cameraman Imran Sheikh embraced martyrdom while Engineer Jamil Ahmad and Senior Reporter Saif-ur-Rehman sustained injuries in powerful blasts. 

Immediately after blasts, SAMAA reporter Saif-ur-Rehman was missing for a couple an hour but later on, he was traced in critically injured condition at CMH.

Police and rescue teams rushed to the blast site immediately after receiving information. Dead bodies and injured were moved to Quetta’s Civil Hospital while Police have cordoned off the blast site.

Local administration has imposed emergency in Civil Hospital and other key hospitals of Quetta. It is feared that the death toll may mount further, as many injured are in critical condition.

Police SP, Khalid Masood, 1 DSP, SHO, few police constables and many Edhi volunteers also embraced martyrdom in lethal attack. Many Edhi ambulances damaged in the incident.

SAMAA DSNG and nearby parked other vehicles along with close houses and shops also damaged badly in lethal blasts at key city of Balochistan.

One blast took place underground in a local snooker club and second in a vehicle parked outside the club, informed some eyewitnesses from the blast site. Police have said that this was a suicide attack.

Some furious people present near the site opened aerial firing after the blasts to express their anger over the attack. 

Prime Minister Raja Parvez Ashraf has taken notice of blats and killings in Quetta. He has expressed sorrow over people’s deaths and condoled SAMAA cameraman’s martyrdom in the incident. PM Raja has instructed the concerned authorities to provide best available medical assistance to the blast victims. SAMAA

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