At least 53 people, including a police officer, were killed and dozens more injured in a suicide blast during a religious procession in Mastung district, Balochistan. The explosion occurred near a mosque where people were gathering to mark Prophet Muhammad’s (PBUH) birthday. The blast took place near the vehicle of a police officer, and the attacker is believed to have targeted the procession. Over 100 wounded individuals were brought to hospitals in Mastung and Quetta. Unverified images and videos of the aftermath show bloodied corpses and severed limbs scattered around the area. No group has claimed responsibility for the attack, but Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan has denied involvement. Balochistan’s Information Minister condemned the attack and said the government was dispatching rescue teams and called for blood donors to help treat the injured. Balochistan’s police chief stated that actions were being taken to prevent further acts of terror. Another blast occurred later in the day, but it was a controlled hand grenade blast defused by Counter Terrorism Department officials. Political leaders and human rights organizations have expressed their condemnation of the attack and called for justice for the victims.
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