Balochistan blast: 52 confirmed dead so far, 50 injured

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People injured in blast near Madina Masjid in Mastung district of Balochistan being shifted to hospital.

Balochistan: At least 52 people, including a police officer, have died and some 50 others injured in a suspected suicide blast that occurred on Friday near a mosque in Pakistan’s Balochistan province as people gathered for a religious procession to mark Eid Milad-un-Nabi (ﷺ), Al Jazeera reported.

The incident took place near the Madina Masjid in Mastung district.

The number of casualties was confirmed to Dawn news by District Health Officer (DHO) Abdul Razzaq Shahi, while City Station House Officer (SHO) Mohammad Javed Lehri said a police official was among the dead.

Earlier, Saeed Mirwani, chief executive of Shaheed Nawab Ghous Bakhsh Raisani Memorial Hospital, told Dawn that 34 people were dead while more than 130 were injured.

Shahi clarified that the higher number was because of double entries from two hospitals, and that the number of the injured was approximately 50

Earlier in the same month, a blast in Mastung had injured several people, including Hafiz Hamdullah, a leader from the Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam Fazl (JUI-F) party.

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