Car Bomb in Pakistan Targets Hotel Hosting Chinese Ambassador. Kills Four People

A car bomb explosion at a luxury hotel in the southwestern Balochistan province of Pakistan has killed at least four people and wounded at least 12 on April 21, officials said.

Provincial Home Minister Ziaullah Langove said a police officer was among the four people killed in the attack.

Police said rescuers brought the victims to nearby hospitals.

The bomb exploded in the parking area of the Serena Hotel in the city of Quetta where a Chinese delegation was staying, according to officials.

“A car that was full of explosives exploded in the hotel,” Pakistani Interior Minister Sheikh Rashid Ahmad told local TV network ARY News.

Footage of the explosion from local media, as well as those shared online, showed burning cars at the hotel parking area.

“A Chinese delegation of around four people led by the ambassador was lodging in the hotel. The ambassador was out for a meeting when the explosion took place,” Ahmad told AFP News, calling it an “act of terrorism.”

According to a tweet from Provincial Government Spokesperson Liaquat Shahwani, Chinese Ambassador Nong Rong had earlier met Provincial Chief Minister Jam Kamal Khan in the city.

Langove told reporters that the ambassador was “in high spirits” when they met, adding that the delegation would complete their visit to Quetta on April 22.

Militant organization Pakistani Taliban later claimed responsibility for the bombing, saying that it was a suicide attack.

Shahwani said that investigation on the incident is ongoing.

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