Twin explosions killed one person and wounded at least ten others in Quetta (Balochistan province) on Thursday, September 5. No claim of responsibility was immediately reported in connection with the blasts, which reportedly targeted Quetta's Khezai Chowk area within around 30 minutes of each other. The scene was cordoned off following the explosions.
A heightened security presence and localized traffic disruptions are to be expected around the incident site over the coming hours. Similar attacks are possible 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 northwestern strongholds near the Afghan border. Pakistan has suffered numerous deadly attacks in recent months, notably in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Balochistan provinces.
Individuals in Quetta (Balochistan province) are advised to monitor developments, avoid the Khezai Chowk area, remain vigilant at all times, and report any suspicious objects or behavior to the relevant authorities. Due to a high threat from terrorism, as well as kidnapping and sectarian violence, some Western governments advise their citizens to reconsider travel to the country as foreign nationals, and Westerners in particular, may be directly targeted.
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