An explosion in an annual cultural festival in Sibi district of Pakistan’s southwestern Balochistan province has left five security personnel dead and 28 wounded.
Pakistan’s Counter-Terrorism Department Official, Hafeez Rind said that the blast appeared to be a suicide bombing, but said investigation was underway.
“The blast took place 30 minutes after President Alvi attended the festival in Sibi,” Rind was quoted as saying by Dawn newspaper.
Meanwhile, Coordinator Balochistan Health Department Dr. Wasim Baig said that at least 28 injured people were shifted to the Civil Hospital. “Five of the injured individuals are in critical condition,” Baig said.
No group has immediately claimed responsibility for the attack.
Balochistan Chief Minister Mir Abdul Quddus Bizenjo strongly condemned the attack, ordering related officials to spare no efforts in providing medical treatment to those wounded in the blast.
This is the second deadly blast in Pakistan within a week as on Friday, IS suicide bomber exploded himself up inside a mosque in Peshawar during Friday prayers in which over 60 people were killed and over 200 others wounded.
Moreover, on 2 March, another bomb exploded in Quetta, killing three people, and injuring 24 others.
Meanwhile, the Kingdom of Bahrain not only condemned the suicide attack, but reiterated Bahrain’s full solidarity with the Pakistani government, backing deterrent measures it is taking to eliminate terrorism and dry up its sources of funding.
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