At least four people have been killed and more than a dozen people have been injured in a bomb blast during Friday prayers in the provincial capital of Balochistan.
Rescue teams and security forces have reached the site of the incident. The injured were shifted to Mufti Mehmood hospital and Civil Hospital Quetta.
The imam of the mosque connected to the seminary was killed in the explosion, police said.
“The blast was carried out through a timed device that was planted under the wooden chair of the prayer leader,” said Quetta police chief Abdul Razzaq Cheema. “The death toll could increase as some of the victims were seriously injured,” Shafqat Janjua, a police official.
As per details, the explosion was carried out through an improvised explosive device (IED) that was planted under the pulpit of the seminary. No group has claimed responsibility for the blast.
TV footage showed the blast caused extensive damage to the walls and ceiling of the seminary.
The security forces have cordoned off the area to collect evidences and conduct investigations. Search operation is ongoing in the area and the nature of the blast is yet to be determined.
This is the fourth explosion that has taken place in Quetta over the past four weeks.