At least four people were killed and 15 others were injured in a bomb blast in Pakistan’s southwest region, Thursday (30/12) night.
Police said the explosive device was planted in a vehicle parked outside a college in central Quetta, the capital of Baluchistan province, and was triggered by a timer.
In a statement released to the media, the Baluchistan Ministry of Health confirmed casualties in the incident.
No one has yet claimed responsibility for the explosion.
Militants in Baluchistan routinely attack security forces and civilians. The violence is often claimed by the Baluch separatist militant group or Pakistani Taliban known as the Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), which officials say orchestrate the anti-state activities of neighboring Afghanistan.
In recent years thousands of Pakistanis, including security forces, have been killed in suicide bombings claimed by the TTP and other terrorist attacks.
Pakistan recently engaged the militant group in peace talks with the help of the Afghan-ruled Taliban, which led to a 30-day truce.
However, after the ceasefire ended in early December, the TTP refused to extend it and accused Pakistani authorities of violating the terms of the deal. Since then the TTP group has continued to attack Pakistani military and police forces, particularly in the tribal districts bordering Afghanistan. [em/jm]