At least four people were killed and 15 others wounded in a blast that took place at the gate of a college in Pakistan’s southwestern city of Quetta late on Thursday (December 30).
Police said an improvised explosive device was planted under a pole near the main gate of the Government Post Graduate Science College.
Balochistan police chief Muhammad Tahir Rai said the blast took place at about 9:40 pm local time outside the main gate of a college ground, where participants of a public meeting had started dispersing.
He said leaders and workers from the students wing of Islamist party Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam had gathered there for their convention.
Rai said police had cordoned off the crime scene and an investigation was underway.
No group immediately claimed responsibility for the attack.
Balochistan province, of which Quetta is capital, has long been the scene of a low-level insurgency by local nationalists. The province is home to the newly expanded Gwadar deep-water port that is key to a planned $65 billion investment in China’s Belt and Road Initiative economic corridor.
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