April 22, 2021 – 09:22
At least five people have been killed and 12 others injured in a bomb blast in the parking lot of a luxury hotel in the southwestern Pakistani city of Quetta. Some of the injured are in critical condition.
The Tehreek-e-Taliban (TTP) group, known as the Pakistani Taliban, claimed responsibility for the attack, saying it targeted officials.
Pakistani Interior Minister Sheikh Rashid Ahmed told AFP the attack was “an act of terrorism”.
A Chinese delegation of about four people led by the ambassador was staying at the hotel.
“The ambassador was out for a meeting when the explosion happened,” he added.
Chinese officials did not immediately comment on the incident.
Quetta is the capital of Balochistan Province, which is rich in natural resources. The province borders Afghanistan and Iran.
The region has been ravaged by sectarian violence, attacks by Islamic militants and a separatist insurgency that has claimed thousands of lives since 2004.
Dissatisfaction there has grown as Chinese investment under the $ 60 billion China-Pakistan Economic Corridor project did not offer them many benefits.
In June, insurgents targeted the Pakistan Stock Exchange, which is partly owned by Chinese companies. The attack was taken over by the Balochistan Liberation Army./REL