Bomb blast in Mastung during football match

MASTUNG: One person was killed and 24 others, including 12 policemen, were injured in a blast during a football match in Mastung in Balochistan on Friday.


The deceased was identified as Chief Minister (CM), Balochistan’s nephew, Mir Kamal, who succumbed to his injuries at the hospital.

According to the police, a planted remote-controlled bomb had been used in the attack.

Earlier twenty five people had been reported injured in a grenade attack during the match, with the nephew being reported among the injured as well.

The blast had taken place during the award distribution ceremony of the All Pakistan Caravan Football tournament in Mastung.

Chief Minister Balochistan, Aslam Raisani’s brother, Mir Siraj Raisani was the chief guest at the ceremony.

The police had cordoned off the area and the injured were shifted to Quetta.

Earlier in the day, according to police, unidentified gunmen opened fire on a bus stand in southwestern Pakistan in Quetta on Friday, killing seven Shia pilgrims and injuring 12, waiting to travel to neighbouring Iran at the office of a transportation company.

The attacks were the latest incidents of violence in the province of Balochistan, which is beset by deadly sectarian conflict, a separatist insurgency and Taliban militant activity.

Courtesy: Express Tribune