At least 45 people were killed and well over a 100 injured in a blast that once again targeted the Hazara Shia community of Quetta on Saturday. The death toll was expected to rise.

The blast took place near a school in the Kariani Road area of the city near Hazara Town. Preliminary investigations suggest that the explosives were packed in a rickshaw and triggered with a remote controlled device. The area police declared it a sectarian attack as the Shia community was the target.

The dead and injured included a number of women and children out in the marketplace for regular weekend shopping. Fearing a repeat of the January 10 serial blasts in Quetta in which nearly 90 Hazara Shias were killed in a day, the police cordoned off the area immediately and did not allow access to even the media. In January, several media personnel and rescue workers were injured in a second blast that targeted the scene of the first explosion.