Chaman blast: Death toll rises to 6, 14 injured

Chaman blast: Death toll rises to 6, 14 injured

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CHAMAN: Officials said that the bomb blast at a pro-Palestinian rally on Friday resulted in the death of at least 6 people and 14 injuries in Chaman, Sixth Road. This is the most recent violent incident in the area.

A senior local police officer, Ahmad Mohiuddin, said the explosives were loaded on a motorcycle near a religious leader’s vehicle parked at the rally.

The photos at the scene showed broken glass, rubble and blood.

“It was an improvised explosive device which went off as participants began to disperse,” added Tariq Mengal, a senior local administration official.

No group has claimed responsibility.

Thousands of people rallied across Pakistan on Friday in support of Palestinians, hours after a ceasefire was announced between Israel and Hamas which governs the Gaza Strip.

The rallies followed Friday prayers which usually draw huge crowds to mosques.

Demonstrators could be seen waving signs that said “Free Palestine”, while a major road connecting the capital Islamabad to the neighbouring city Rawalpindi was blocked.

The Chaman bombing on Friday occurred a few weeks after the suicide bombing in Quetta’s luxury hotel hosting the Chinese ambassador.

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