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8 killed, 20 injured in blast in Quetta of Pakistan

(Xinhua)

08:33, December 31, 2011

QUETTA, Pakistan, Dec. 30 (Xinhua) -- At least eight people were killed and 20 others including a local photographer were injured when a huge blast hit Pakistan's southwestern city of Quetta on Friday night, said a police officer in the city.

The injured photographer named Hassan from a local media received a bullet wound in his head while covering the incident on the site, said Nazir Kurd, District Inspector General of Quetta.

The police officer warned local media to stay away from the site as occasional firing is still reported in the blast site.

Local media quoted police sources as saying that the target was a son of a former chief minister of Balochistan Province, who lived in a house on the Arbab Karam Khan Road of the city.

The son of the former chief minister, Shafiq Mengal, escaped the attack, said police sources.

Initial information showed that the blast was a car bomb blast, said Nazir, adding that the intensity of the blast is so huge that it could be heard ten kilometers away from the blast site.

Several houses and eight to ten cars nearby the blast site were seriously damaged, said reports.

Police have cordoned off the area shortly after the blast was reported. All the injured people have been shifted to nearby hospitals. Emergency has been declared in all civil and military hospitals in the city.

No group has claimed responsibility for the attack yet.

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