A bomb exploded at a market on Mission road in Quetta (Balochistan province) in the evening (local time) of Tuesday, August 6, leaving at least two people dead and several others injured. Security forces are reportedly on the scene; no group immediately claimed responsibility for the attack.
A heightened security presence is to be expected in the affected area over the coming hours. Similar attacks are possible in Quetta and elsewhere in Balochistan province over the near term.
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.
Individuals in Quetta are advised to monitor developments, avoid the affected area, 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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