Update: The death toll rises to 24.
Islamabad: A deadly explosion targeted a convoy in the Balochistan province on Friday. The The deputy chairman of Pakistan’s upper house of parliament has been injured and 10 others were killed, reports media.
Abdul Ghafoor Haideri, deputy chairman of the Senate and a senior leader of the Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl party, was among some 35 people injured by the blast in Mastung region.
The powerful explosion damaged several vehicles in the convoy, Pakistani TV news channels reported. The incident occurred at a location about 70 km from Quetta, the provincial capital.
The reports said 10 people were killed in the attack. JUI-F leader Maulana Abdul Malik said the bomb had targeted Haideri’s vehicle and confirmed that the JUI-F leader had been injured.
Haideri, who was returning from an event at a seminary near the site of the attack, was taken to a nearby hospital. Haideri’s condition is reportedly stable.
“The blast was extremely powerful,” Haideri told reporters soon after the blast.
Security forces were trying to ascertain whether the attack was a suicide bombing. The area has been cordoned off by security forces and search operations are underway.