At least 28 Shia Muslims were martyred and around 20 were injured when a suicide blast occurred near the Dareen Garh area of Mastung, Balochistan on Tuesday evening.
The suicidal attack was made on two buses full of 103 pilgrims who were traveling back from Iran where they had gone on pilgrimage of sacred shrines of Imam Reza (AS), Hazrat Fatima Masoomah and other Imam Zadegan.
A police officer Faran Ali said that ambulances were sent from Quetta to bring the dead bodies and Injured. The bodies and injured were shifted to Combine Military Hospital (CMH).
“I saw at least ten dead bodies and many injured lying in a pool of blood. The bus caught fire after the explosion,” said Arif, who sustained injuries in the attack.
Severe firing took place following the blast which resulted in security officials cordoning off the area.
“We have declared state of emergency at CMH, Provincial Sandeman Hospital and Bolan Medical Complex Teaching Hospital (BMC),” DIG police Quetta Mohammed Jaffar said.
The injured include security officials, women and children.
Majlis Wahdat-e-Muslimeen has declared three days of mourning for the victims of the blast. All Shia parties condemned the terrorist attack and demanded immediate military operation to eliminate the terrorists.
Earlier, on January 1, a bomb blast targeted Shia pilgrims’ bus carrying Shia pilgrims from Taftan, a town in Balochistan bordering with Iran.
The blast had killed two people and left 31 injured.
Similarly, in October 2013, A car bomb hit a Frontier Corps (FC) van escorting a bus of Shia pilgrims in Dringarh, Mastung, killing two soldiers. Frontier Corps and Balochistan Levies convoys were escorting five passenger buses of Shia pilgrims on the highway when they found a suspected car parked on the road.
“The buses were stopped from proceeding and two FC personnel got off and went near to search the car. As they got closer to the car, a huge explosion took place killing both on the spot,” Assistant Commissioner Mastung Shafqat Anwar said.