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24 May 2019 | 10:01 AM UTC

Pakistan: Explosion reported in Quetta May 24

Pakistan News Alert

Explosive device detonates in Quetta May 24, killing at least to people; heightened security presence anticipated

TIMEFRAME expected from 5/24/2019, 12:00 AM until 5/25/2019, 11:59 PM (Asia/Karachi). COUNTRY/REGION Quetta

Event

An explosive device detonated at Rahmania mosque in the Pashtun Abad area of Quetta (Balochistan province) on the afternoon (local time) of Friday, May 24. According to initial reports, at least two people were killed, and twelve others wounded in the incident. Authorities have cordoned off the area and a heightened security presence is to be expected near the blast site over the coming hours. No group immediately claimed responsibility for the bombing.

Context

The attack took place in a predominantly Shi'a area of Quetta.

Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), Al-Qai'da, Islamic State (IS) affiliates, Jamaat-ul-Ahrar, Afghan Taliban, and other Islamist militant groups continue to pose a threat throughout the country despite continued army offensives to push them from their strongholds near the Afghan border. Pakistan has suffered numerous deadly attacks in recent months, notably in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Balochistan provinces.

Advice

Individuals in Quetta are advised to avoid the area of the blast, remain vigilant for militant activity, report suspicious objects and behavior to the police, and adhere to any instructions issued by the local authorities and their home governments.

 

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