QUETTA, Pakistan - A devastating bomb blast rocked Mastung, a district in Baluchistan province, during a rally commemorating the birth anniversary of Islam's Prophet Muhammad. The explosion, which occurred near a mosque, claimed the lives of at least 52 innocent people and left nearly 70 others injured. This tragic incident took place on Friday, during the customary celebration known as Mawlid an-Nabi, where Muslims organize processions and provide free meals to those in need.
The aftermath of the bombing was captured in heart-wrenching images shared on social media. The area surrounding the mosque was filled with the shoes of the deceased and wounded, their bodies carefully covered with bedsheets. Swift response from local residents and rescuers led to the immediate evacuation of the injured to nearby hospitals, where a state of emergency had been declared. Urgent appeals were made for blood donations to cope with the rising number of casualties.
Among the casualties was a senior police officer, Mohammad Nawaz, highlighting the tragic loss of life and potential risks faced by law enforcement personnel. The injured victims were swiftly transported to neighboring hospitals, with some reported to be in critical condition. One hospital received 30 bodies while another counted 22 casualties.
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