The injured were being shifted to CMH. "15 people including 7 civilians were martyred", the statement said, adding that 25 people including 15 civilians had been injured and taken to a military hospital.
The Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa condemned the terrorist attack and said that such terror-inducing attacks can not shatter our hopes. He said security operation at the blast site has been completed, but it would be premature to comment on the nature of the explosion. "Among the victims are security personnel and civilians", he said. "Our resolve won't succumb to any challenge", DG ISPR posted on Twitter.
Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) confirmed that at least 15 people including eight security forces' personnel embraced martyrdom while 25 others were injured in the blast in which a security forces' vehicle was targeted.
Provincial home minister Sarfraz Bugti and government spokesman Anwar ul Haq Kakar confirmed the death toll but put the number of wounded at 32. A large contingent of security forces have also reached the spot.
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The blast was so loud that it was heard in far off areas and caused a huge fire in which some vehicles and auto rickshaws were also damaged.
However, According to several television channels, around 17 dead bodies were brought to the hospital and majority were badly charred and burnt. "The explosion was very powerful and loud".
Daesh, a Takfiri terrorist group which mainly operates in the Middle East but has also established a branch in Afghanistan, has claimed several attacks in the Pakistani territory in the recent past. "Several vehicle and auto rickshaws have been burnt or damaged after the blast as they caught fire due to the intensity of the blast", the official said. Quetta is the capital city of the restive Balochistan province.