QUETTA: At least 11 people were killed and 27 others were injured when a blast ripped through the Baacha Khan Chowk area of Shahrah-e-Iqbal, a senior police official said Thursday.
Witnesses said children and Frontier Corps (FC) personnel were among those injured.
This is the third blast in the same area which houses a shopping plaza and a market and is generally a busy area.
The police, FC, bomb disposal squad (BDS) and rescue teams reached the scene, cordoning off the area and shifting the injured to hospitals.
20 to 25kg explosives were reportedly used in the bomb.
Express News correspondent Irfan Rana reported a two to three-foot deep crater where the blast occurred.
Thirteen cars, including FC vehicles, were damaged in the blast.
Bomb attacks in the violence-stricken province have been on the rise.