Skip to main content

4 killed by bicycle blast in southwestern Pakistan

By CNN Staff
updated 6:00 AM EDT, Thu October 31, 2013
A Pakistani firefighter extinguishes burning vehicles after a bicycle bomb explosion in Quetta on October 30.
A Pakistani firefighter extinguishes burning vehicles after a bicycle bomb explosion in Quetta on October 30.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Explosives planted in a bicycle go off in a busy area of Quetta
  • All four people killed are civilians, police say
  • No group has claimed responsibility for the attack

(CNN) -- A bomb planted in a bicycle killed killed four people and wounded 20 others when it exploded in a busy area of a city in southwestern Pakistan on Wednesday, police said.

The explosion took place in Quetta, the capital of the militancy-hit province of Balochistan, said Arif Nawaz, a local police officer. All of those killed were civilians, he said.

The perpetrators had planted almost seven kilograms of explosive materials in a bicycle parked in Double Road, one of the busiest areas of Quetta, he said.

The target of the blast, which shattered the windows of nearby shops and houses, hasn't yet been established, according to Nawaz.

No group has so far claimed responsibility for the attack.

Balochistan has experienced deadly sectarian violence against its Shiite Muslim minority and is also home to separatists who carry out attacks.

ADVERTISEMENT
Part of complete coverage on
updated 7:17 PM EDT, Tue July 29, 2014
While aspects of the fighting in Gaza resemble earlier clashes, this time feels different, writes military analyst Rick Francona.
updated 5:29 AM EDT, Wed July 30, 2014
The death of an American from Ebola fuels fears of the further global spread of the virus.
updated 6:45 AM EDT, Wed July 30, 2014
Nearly two weeks after MH17 was blown out of the sky, Dutch investigators have yet to lay eyes on the wreckage. How useful will it be now?
updated 8:56 PM EDT, Tue July 29, 2014
The U.S. and EU are imposing new sanctions on Moscow -- but will they have any effect?
This looks like a ghost ship, but it's actually the site of a tense international standoff between the Philippines and China.
updated 11:55 AM EDT, Sat July 26, 2014
The reported firing of artillery from Russian territory is a sign Vladimir Putin has escalated the Ukraine battle, says CNN's military analyst Rick Francona.
updated 4:46 AM EDT, Sun July 27, 2014
The young boy stops, stares, throws ammunition casings at the reporter's feet without a word.
updated 8:48 PM EDT, Fri July 25, 2014
Sure, Fido is a brown Lab. But inside, he may also be a little green.
updated 9:03 AM EDT, Mon July 28, 2014
Photograph of an undisclosed location by Patrycja Makowska
Patrycja Makowska likes to give enigmatic names to the extraordinarily beautiful photographs she shoots of crumbling palaces.
updated 4:04 AM EDT, Wed July 23, 2014
When the Costa Concordia and its salvage convoy finally depart Giglio, the residents will breathe a sigh of relief -- and shed a tear.
CNN joins the fight to end modern-day slavery by shining a spotlight on its horrors and highlighting success stories.
Browse through images from CNN teams around the world that you don't always see on news reports.
ADVERTISEMENT