QUETTA, PAKISTAN (BNO NEWS) — At least fifteen people were killed on Thursday when a powerful bomb exploded outside a Sunni Muslim seminary in western Pakistan, police said on Friday. Nearly 50 others were injured.
The blast happened when an explosive device attached to a bicycle exploded near the Balochistan University in Quetta, the provincial capital of Balochistan. It occurred near the Jamia Islamia Maftah-ul-Uloom seminary, where students had gathered for a graduation ceremony.
“The remote-controlled bomb which was detonated by the terrorists targeted the students at the madrassa (religious school),” a local police source said on Friday. He said at least fifteen people were killed while 48 others were injured, some of whom remained in a serious or critical condition on early Friday afternoon.
At least five children between the ages of 6 and 8 were among those killed, the Daily Times newspaper reported.
No group immediately claimed responsibility for the attack.