Eight army jawans among 15 martyred in Quetta terrorist attack

Attack on army vehicle kills 15 in SW Pakistan official

"Fifteen people including seven civilians were martyred", the statement said.

It says incendiary explosives were used in the blast that sparked fires in nearby vehicles.

The blast came two days before Pakistan's 70th Independence Day, and the military chief said it was an effort to mar celebrations. "Our resolve won't succumb to any challenge", General Bajwa said.

At least 12 people were killed and 30 injured after explosion rocked a high-security zone of Quetta's Pishin Stop in Pakistan.

Balochistan Home Minister Sarfraz Bugti also confirmed that a military truck was the target.

ISIS terrorists are believed to have carried out the attack in the Pakistani city of Quetta on Saturday.

A spokesman for the Balochistan government, Anwar ul Haq Kakar, also confirmed the death toll.

Bugti workers were busy extinguishing the blaze. He said the holidays of all doctors in the city were suspended.

All the injured were shifted to Civil Hospital Quetta for treatment and rescue operations are underway.

Middle East-based Islamic State, which has a branch of loosely affiliated fighters in Afghanistan and Pakistan, claimed the attack shortly afterwards, saying a motorcycle suicide bomber had killed 17 soldiers. Militant groups operating in the province have previously claimed responsibility for attacking security forces.

In June at least 12 people were killed and 14 others wounded in a suicide auto attack near the provincial police headquarters.

At least 25 people have also been reported as injured in the blast that set multiple cars on fire.

In August a year ago, at least 74 people were killed in a suicide attack on the city's Civil Hospital, while another 60 were killed in an attack on a police academy two months later.

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