On the evening of the 21st local time, an explosion hit a hotel in Quetta, the capital of Pakistan’s Balochistan province, killing five people and wounding more than 10 others. At present, the investigation into the bombing attack is still ongoing. On the 24th, the chief of the station interviewed the police chief of Quetta, Oranzab Badini. Badini described the casualties and some of the investigations at this stage.
Quetta police chief Oranzab Badini: We lost five people in this bombing. Most of the five were security personnel performing their duties in the hotel, and then 11 people were injured, two of whom were our Assistant Commissioners, our country’s administrators and senior police officers.
In response to the attack, local media in Pakistan reported that Pakistani Taliban militants had claimed responsibility for the bombing. Oranzab Badini said the Pakistani Taliban chose to launch attacks on the ground in an attempt to show their influence.
Quetta Police Chief Oranzab Badini: “The Pakistani Taliban chose Quetta as the site of the attack because it was a hub for international activity. Attacking hotels in Quetta, like previous attacks on local hotels in Gwadar, would expand international influence, and the Pakistani Taliban wanted to show their strength.
Oranzab Badini also said Pakistan’s counter-terrorism department is stepping up evidence to track the whereabouts of the bombers and more details, after the investigation will be released to the media.