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    20 killed in Quetta twin suicide blasts

    QUETTA (PAN): At least 20 people were killed and dozens of others injured in two consecutive suicide bombings in the capital of Pakistan's southwestern province of Balochistan on Wednesday, officials said.

    The suicide bombings took place at around 9am-local time close to the commissioner’s office of Quetta City in Civil Lines area.

    Twenty people were killed and 40 others injured in the back-to-back explosions, a security official said on condition of anonymity.

    The number of the dead could rise due to critical conditions of many wounded people, the source said.

    However, a police officer in the area, Amanullah, said 17 people were killed and 30 others injured.

    Three border soldiers were also killed and two others injured. Most of the victims were civilians, he said.

    Two bombers wanted to target the house of the Frontier Corps (FC) commander, but police prevented them from entering the compound, so they detonated their explosives near the office of the Quetta commissioner, Quetta Police Chief, Hameed Shakeel, told reporters.

    The first explosion occurred on a police vehicle while the second took place near the office of commissioner, he said.

    More than 28 wounded people, who were in critical condition, were taken to Quetta Hospital, a doctor, Shamsullah, said.

    No one has so far claimed responsibility for the blast, he said.

    A week earlier during the prayer of Eid-ul-Fitr, five people were killed and 17 others injured in a car bombing in the city.

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