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Blast kills 6, injures 8 in SW Pakistan

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Islamabad, July 13, IRNA -- At least six people were killed and eight others injured when a powerful bomb went off in the southwestern Pakistani city of Quetta on Friday, police said.

The blast took place outside the venue for the Awami National Party (ANP) rally in Kuchlak area of Quetta. The police said that the ANP local leader Malik Qasim was also killed in the blast.

Witnesses said the blast was followed by firing. It could not immediately be ascertained who was responsible for the firing.

All injured were shifted to a nearby hospital.

Police and security forces reached the site after the explosion and cordoned off the area as investigation went underway.

Cars standing nearby were also destroyed.

According to reports, the bomb was planted in a cycle that was standing a few feet away from the stage.

Eyewitnesses said there was one little girl among those injured.

No group claimed responsibility for the blast, which occurred hours before Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf’s visit to the capital of Balochistan province.

Islamic Republic News Agency/IRNA NewsCode: 80227800

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