In deadly attack on the two hotels, Al-Murtaza hotel and Hashmi hotel, near the Pakistan-Iran border where the shia pilgrims were staying for night terrorists killed at least 23 persons. The firing on the hotels were so intense and sudden that no one was able to hide behind the shelter to save lives.
Interior Minister for Balochistan, Sarfraz Bugti, has said that four terrorists were killed during the exchange of fire with security forces. According to some media reports, Jaishul Islam has claimed the responsibility of the terrorist attack.
Akbar Hussain Durrani, Balochistan’s Home Secretary told reporters that victims of the terrorist attack had arrived in 10 buses from Iran.
Durrani said, “There were explosions after the buses were parked outside the hotels where the pilgrims were going to stay over night before they commenced their journey back the following day.”
Durrani further added that casualities are most likely to rise as a result of brutal attack. Hospital sources told reporters that many injured are in critical condition.
Shia leader Allama Sajid Ali Naqvi strongly condemned the attack in a statement. Majlise Wahdate Muslimeen (MWM) criticized the government for failing to provide security to the shia pilgrims.