13 killed in Balochistan violence on Pak’s Independence Day
Islamabad: Thirteen people were killed and dozens injured as the restive Balochistan province was rocked by bomb blasts and incidents of violence as Pakistan celebrated its Independence Day today.
The hotel was destroyed by the blast, which damaged nearby shops and buildings.Police officials said eight to 10 people could still be buried under the rubble.
Footage on television showed local residents digging through the debris with their hands to pull out the bodies and the injured.
Witnesses said the bomb was placed in the two-storey hotel’s ground floor. The powerful explosion was heard from several kilometres away. No group claimed responsibility for the blast.
In a separate incident, unidentified gunmen killed two labourers from Punjab province in Lasbella district of Balochistan.
The attackers, who were riding a motorcycle, opened fire at the men working in a farm in Sakran area, 10 km from Hub town, police said.
The men succumbed to their injuries while being taken to hospital. They belonged to Muzaffargarh district of Punjab. The gunmen managed to escape.