At least 25 people killed and many others injured in a suicide blast in Balochistan’s Mastung, Pak Media reported Friday. The explosion hit Pakistan Deputy Chairman of Senate and JUI-F lawmaker Abdul Ghafoor Haideri's convoy when he was exiting a local mosque after Friday prayers.
Haideri received minor injuries in the blast but was otherwise fine, The Dawn news reported.
“I am alive, Allah has saved my life, it was a sudden blast, broken pieces of the windscreen hit me, I am injured but safe. The driver and other people sitting next to me were badly injured,” Haideri said while speaking to a Pakistani channel SAMAA.
Haideri's driver, along with two other associates later succumbed to their injuries.
The police have confirmed at least 25 death but refused to give the numbers of injured saying the rescue operations are still underway.
Deputy Chairman of Pakistan's Senate Maulana Abdul Ghafoor Haideri also injured in Mustang (Balochistan) blast: Pak media pic.twitter.com/n5iPEHMt3X— ANI (@ANI_news) May 12, 2017
All the injured people are being taken to local hospital while critically injured are being transported to Quetta for treatment.
An emergency has been declared at a local Mastung hospital and more doctors have been called to treat the injured, reported Pak media.
This is the fourth attack on JUI-F lawmaker. Earlier in 2011, JUI-F chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman survived two back to back suicide attacks.
In 2014, Rehman was injured in a suicide blast outside a JUI-F rally in Quetta targeting his vehicle.
This is a developing story that is being updated as the situation evolves. Initial reports in the media can sometimes be inaccurate. We will update it as soon as we get more details.