ISLAMABAD – At least 15 people were killed and 25 others were wounded in a bomb attack Saturday in the southwestern Pakistani city of Quetta, officials told EFE.
The explosion occurred during the night at the entrance to military barracks where the target was a truck full of soldiers, the spokesman for the Quetta police, Syed Mujtaba, told EFE.
Fifteen people died in the attack, including seven civilians, and 25 were wounded, the army communications office (ISPR) said in a statement.
The ISPR said that “incendiary explosives” were used in the attack and caused nearby cars to go up in flames.
The wounded have been taken to hospitals in the area.
Army Commander Javed Bajwa condemned the attack and said it was an attempt to “ruin” the festivities of the 70th anniversary of the country’s independence from the British Empire and its partition from India in 1947.
The anniversary will be celebrated Monday throughout the country, particularly in Islamabad, with parades and speeches by the authorities, amid strong security measures.
Though violence in Pakistan has diminished considerably in recent years thanks to two military operations launched by the Pakistani army, the tribal areas and Balochistan continue to be the areas most afflicted by insurgency.
Quetta is one of the most conflicted cities in Pakistan and has been the scene of lethal insurgent attacks, like the one last October against a police academy that left 62 cadets and a captain dead.