QUETTA, Pakistan (AFP) – At least five people were killed and 25 others wounded on Saturday when a suicide bomber blew himself up in a minority Shiite colony in southwestern Baluchistan province of Pakistan, police said.
The suicide bomber struck around the sunset in Quetta city’s Hazara town home to the ethnic Shiite Hazara community.
“I can confirm death of five people including a child and a woman in the suicide attack in Hazara town. Up to 25 people including seven children and three women got injured,” Quetta police chief Abdul Razzak Cheema told AFP.
“The suicide bomber blew himself up in a crowded bazar where people were busy in shopping for the religious festival of Eid-ul-Adha,” Cheema said.
“We have sent teams to the area to rescue the injured and investigate details of the attack,” Cheema said.
The minority Shiite Afghan Hazara community has been attacked on many occasions and travel accompanied by security squads to avoid killings.
No group immediately claimed responsibility for the attack but militants have attacked the Shiite minority community in the past.