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At Least 64 People Killed And 150 Others Injured In SW Pakistan Bomb Blast

2/16/2013 12:22 PM ET

At least 64 people have been killed and over 150 others injured when a blast hit a market area in Pakistan's southwest city of Quetta on Saturday evening, according to several media reports.

Victims were rushed to several hospitals in the area.

According to the reports, a remote controlled device was used for the blast and the explosive materials were fixed in a rickshaw.

Senior police officer Wazir Khan Nasir reportedly said the bomb was detonated by remote control in a Hazara Muslim-dominated residential area of Quetta. Women and children were among the victims, he said.

The death toll may further rise as two markets comprising over 60 shops were leveled to ground following the blast, burying dozens of people under the debris.

Hazara community was targeted dozens of times in Quetta over the last two years in which hundreds of innocent Shia Muslims lost their lives.

The bomb went off at about 5:40 p.m. (local time) at Karani road area of Quetta, the provincial capital of the country's southwest Balochistan province.

by RTT Staff Writer

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