4 killed in blast targeting Chinese Ambassador to Pakistan
Published: 10:30 AM, 22 April 2021
Picture of the aftermath of the explosion in the car park of a luxury hotel in Quetta; Photo: Anadolu Agency/Getty Images
A bomb explosion near a luxury hotel in Pakistan’s northwestern city of Quetta has killed at least four people. Another 12 people were injured in the incident.
The explosion took place at midnight on Wednesday in front of the car park at the Serena Hotel, targeting the Chinese Ambassador to Pakistan.
The Chinese ambassador is staying in Quetta, the capital of Balochistan province near the Afghan border. However, the ambassador was not at the hotel at the time of the attack.
Video footage of the explosion has been shared on social media, showing the fire raging in the car park.
The Serena Hotel in Quetta is well known. Government officials and dignitaries visiting the area stayed at the Serena Hotel.
Pakistan’s Interior Minister Sheikh Rashid Ahmad told a local television channel that a car loaded with explosives had exploded at the hotel. He described the incident as a “terrorist act”.
Claiming the attack, a Pakistani Taliban spokesman confirmed to Reuters that it was a suicide bombing and that a car bomb had exploded at the hotel.
The Interior Minister said the visiting Chinese ambassador to Quetta had attended another event. That’s why he was not at the hotel at the time of the attack.
The Chinese ambassador’s “morale remains high” after the attack and his visit will continue until Thursday, Interior Minister Sheikh Rashid Ahmad said.