Eight soldiers and seven civilians have been killed after terrorists targeted a military truck with a bomb in the south-western Pakistani city of Quetta, authorities said.
The high-intensity blast occurred in a parking lot near Pishin bus stop which is in a high-security area in Quetta, said reports.
"We can now confirm that 15 people have died in the explosion today. At least 32 others are wounded", Balochistan home minister Sarfraz Bugti said.
Spokesperson for the provincial government Anwarul Haq Kakar has confirmed the number of injured in an exclusive talk with Dunya News.
An official of the Edhi trust in Quetta said around 15 bodies were shifted before adding that the death toll could be much higher.
The blast came two days before Pakistan's 70th Independence Day, and the military chief said it was an effort to mar celebrations. "Our resolve won't succumb to any challenge", General Bajwa said. ISPR said "Incendiary explosive was used in the blast due to which nearby vehicles caught fire", as per DawnNews.
Army troops reached incident site and cordoned off the area. The injured people were taken to a Civil Hospital in Quetta.
According to the Dawn newspaper, citing Home Minister of the Balochistan province Sarfaraz Bugti, civilians as well as security forces officials are among the victims. Balochistan has oil and gas resources but has witnessed several terrorist attacks recently by militants and separatists while banned outfits have also carried out sectarian killings in the province. Rescue services have reached the site and are conducting rescue activities.