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20 killed in bomb blast in Pakistan

Press Trust of India  |  Karachi 

At least 20 people were killed and 48 others injured on Friday in a suicide bombing apparently targeting the Shiite Hazara ethnic minority community at a crowded fruit market in Pakistan's city.

The blast at around 7:35 am was caused by an improvised (IED) that had been hidden among the vegetables in the market, police said.

"So far 20 people have been confirmed dead," said.

(DIG) said that Shiite Hazara ethnic community was the apparent target of the bombing.

"The victims include from Hazara and other ethnic groups like Pashtuns," he said.

At least eight of those killed in the bomb blast at Hazarganji area of Quetta, the provincial capital of Balochistan, belonged to the Hazara community. The security forces fear the death toll may rise, GEO reported.

Forty eight others were injured and were undergoing treatment. Four FC personnel were also among the injured, the added.

Buildings located nearby were also damaged in the blast, police said. Security forces have cordoned off the site of the blast.

No group has claimed responsibility for the attack.

condemned the blast in Hazarganji and sought a report on the incident.

make up a significant minority group in and most of them live in

Balochistan, which borders and Iran, is Pakistan's largest and poorest province, rife with ethnic, sectarian and separatist insurgencies.

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First Published: Fri, April 12 2019. 15:00 IST