Pakistan: At least four people including a police officer died wounding 12 others in a powerful bomb explosion in the parking lot of the Serena Hotel in Quetta in Pakistan. The explosion happened on Wednesday night.
Dawn.com quoted DIG Azhar Ikram said that the explosive device was apparently fitted in a vehicle, according to initial investigations, adding that a police official was among the deceased.
Security, fire and rescue officials were rushing to the hotel and no one was being allowed to go near the site of the blast, which took place at around 10:15pm.
Addressing media reports about the Chinese ambassador being the apparent target of the attack, Balochistan Home Minister Mir Ziaullah Langove said that the ambassador was not present at the hotel when the explosion occurred.
“I have just met the Chinese ambassador and he is in high spirits,” he said, adding that the investigation will ascertain the target.
“Our own people are involved in these acts of terrorism,” he said.
Balochistan government spokesperson Liaquat Shahwani said the incident was being investigated from all angles. “Those involved will not be able to escape the grip of the law,” he tweeted.