ISLAMABAD, July 24 (Xinhua) -- A blast triggered by an improvised explosive device killed two people and injured 29 others in Pakistan's southwest Quetta city on Tuesday night, according to hospital sources and local police.
The attack happened on the busy Eastern Bypass Road of the capital of the country's southwest Balochistan province, Deputy Inspector General Police Abdul Razzaq Cheema told local media, adding that the militants concealed the explosive materials in a motorbike and parked it outside a chemist's shop before detonating it.
The injured were brought to various hospitals, and an investigation is currently underway.
Mir Ziaullah Longove, the provincial home minister, described the bombing as an "act of terrorism" by the "enemies of Pakistan," and said an emergency has been declared, according to an AP report.
The general public seems to be the target of the militants who attempted to create panic in the area, by carrying out the explosion after a relative lull in such attacks in the area.
No group or individual has claimed the attack yet, but footprints of such incidents in the past were often traced back to Baloch nationalist insurgents.
Located near the border with Afghanistan, Quetta used to be a hotbed of militancy in the country, but year-long military operations and the National Action Plan against the country's militancy helped reduce terrorist activities to a great extent in the country including Quetta.