Blast kills 4 at Pakistan hotel reportedly hosting Chinese ambassador

Blast kills 4 at Pakistan hotel reportedly hosting Chinese ambassador

On Wednesday, the ambassador and Li Bijian, Chinese consul general for Sindh and Balochistan provinces, were on an official visit to Quetta, the capital of Balochistan Province.

A Taliban spokesman told Reuters news agency that "it was a suicide attack in which our suicide bomber used his explosives-filled auto in the hotel".

Sharing further details on the law and order situation in the country, he said that there were threats for such an attack in Quetta, Peshawar, Karachi, Islamabad and Rawalpindi.

It was unclear who was behind the attack.

Four people were reported to have been killed, including two security guards, and a dozen more were said to have been injured. They have for decades staged attacks to press their demands for independence.

"A auto that was full of explosives exploded in the hotel", Pakistan's Interior Minister Sheikh Rashid Ahmad told local ARY News TV.

All the attacks were claimed by the Balochistan Liberation Army.

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A police officer and rescue workers arrive at the site of bomb blast in Quetta, Pakistan.

Liaquat Shahwani, a provincial government spokesman. called the bombing an act of terrorism without elaborating. "Terrorists want to disrupt peace in Baluchistan".

Balochistan Inspector General Muhammad Tahir Rai told the media that neither the Chinese ambassador nor other members of any foreign delegation were staying at the hotel when the blast occurred.

Chief Minister Balochistan Jam Kamal has condemned the blast and summoned a report from authorities concerned.

Pakistan's Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting, Fawad Chaudhary tweeted that a preliminary investigation was underway.

The bombing in Quetta came hours after Pakistan and neighboring Iran opened a new border crossing point in Baluchistan to improve trade and economic relations. Enemies of Pakistan are behind today's attack, he said. Pakistan and neighboring Afghanistan often accuse each other of turning a blind eye to Islamic militants operating along the porous frontier.

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