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Pakistan: At least 1 killed, 16 injured in Balochistan blast

A powerful blast ripped through a busy area in southwest Pakistan's volatile Balochistan province on Sunday, killing at least one person and injuring 16.

world Updated: Jul 05, 2015 20:31 IST

A powerful blast ripped through a busy area in southwest Pakistan's volatile Balochistan province on Sunday, killing at least one person and injuring 16.

The explosion occurred at Bacha Khan area, a business centre, in the heart of the provincial Capital Quetta.

City police chief Abdul Razzaq Cheema said explosives were apparently hidden inside a bag and was placed on the roadside.

"One person was killed and 16 injured," he said.

The blast smashed windows of shops and plazas and also damaged vehicles parked nearby.

Police arrested a suspect from the site of the attack and shifted him to an undisclosed location for questioning.

No group or individual has taken responsibility for the attack, but both Baloch nationalists and Taliban militants are known for carrying out attacks in the region to target civilians and security forces.

More recently, targeted killings have picked up in Quetta. On June 7, unknown assailants killed five people belonging to the Hazara community in Bacha Khan Chowk. Two persons from the community were also gunned down on May 27.