Islamabad (IINA) � A powerful blast targeting a military vehicle killed at least 15 people, including eight soldiers, and wounded 32 others on Saturday night in Pakistan's southwestern province of Balochistan.
A statement by the Pakistani military said the explosion, which occurred at a parking lot in the provincial capital Quetta, targeted an on-duty vehicle and set several other vehicles on fire, AFP reported.
"Incendiary explosive was used. As a result, nearby vehicles caught fire. Fifteen people including seven civilians were martyred," the statement said.
Pakistan Army Chief Gen. Javed Qamar Bajwa condemned the "cowardly" attack meant to disrupt Independence Day celebrations, the statement said, adding the attack would not deter the determination of the army to fight terrorism.
For his part, Provincial Home Minister Sarfraz Bugti confirmed the death of 15 people and put the number of wounded at 32.
The so-called Islamic State's Khorasan Province released a statement claiming responsibility for the attack, according to the US-based monitoring group SITE.
Source: International Islamic News Agency