Blast occurred 15 minutes after President Arif Alvi's convoy passed from the area
QUETTA – Five Frontier Corps (FC) personnel were martyred and more than 35 suffered injuries in a blast in Sibbi on Tuesday.
Reports in local media said a massive blast was heard around the Jail Road area of Sibi along with gunfire that left at least 5 security personnel dead.
The blast took place reportedly during President Arif Alvi's visit to the annual Sibi Mela. The targeted convoy was part of the security deployment surrounding the President's visit to the southwestern region.
The injured persons were rushed to Civil Hospital Sibbi for treatment. An emergency has been declared at all government hospitals of Balochistan capital and the staff has been put on alert.
Some of the injured are said to be in critical condition. Officials have not revealed the nature of the blast however some reports suggest that it was a remote-controlled detonation.
Balochistan Chief Minister Mir Abdul Quddus Bizenjo condemned the incident and ordered to provide the best possible medical treatment to those injured in the explosion. He termed the terror attack as an attempt to sabotage the annual festival and overall peace in the province.
The incident occurred days after the Peshawar mosque bombing that killed 62 worshippers and nearly 200 were injured.
Pakistani rupee remains stable against US dollar in the open market on February 25, 2024 (Sunday).
In the open market, the US dollar was being quoted at 279.5 for buying and 282.55 for selling.
Euro currently stands at 302 for buying and 305 for selling while British Pound rate stands at 352.5 for buying, and 356 for selling.
UAE Dirham AED hovers at 76.1 whereas the Saudi Riyal saw slight increase, with new rates at 74.35.
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