QUETTA: The funeral prayers for the slain policemen in an early morning attack near anti-polio centre in Quetta have been offered, Aaj News reported.
The funeral held at Police Lines was attended by Chief Minister Sanaullah Zehri.
At least 14 people were killed and several wounded when a blast occurred near an anti-polio centre in Quetta during immunization campaign.
According to the reports, the explosion took place close to a government-run polio centre in Quetta’s Satellite Town.
According to the Initial reports, 14 people were killed and several others got injured. Bodies and the injured were shifted to civil hospital by rescue teams. Meanwhile, security forces cordoned off the area.
According to sources, this was a suicide blast. At least 12 bodies have been identified while others have yet to be identified.
The blast came on the third day of the province-wide polio vaccination campaign. Investigation is underway.
Sarfaraz Bugti, Balochistan home minister added: “So far 15 people have been injured in the blast seven of whom are in critical condition.”
An AFP reporter at the site saw three burnt out vehicles that had been blown up in the explosion, while human remains lay strewn across the ground, walls, and electric poles along with items of clothing including the caps and shoes of policemen.
Some officials had begun to gather evidence from the scene while others were collecting body parts to put in bags.
Pakistan is one of only two countries where polio, a crippling childhood disease, remains endemic. Attempts to eradicate it have been badly hit by militant attacks on immunisation teams that have claimed nearly 80 lives since December 2012.
While there was no immediate claim of responsibility for Wednesday’s attack, Islamist groups including the Taliban say the polio vaccination drive is a front for espionage or a conspiracy to sterilise Muslims.
In 2014 the number of polio cases recorded in Pakistan soared to 306, the highest in 14 years.