QUETTA : At least seven people were injured when a suicide attacker blew himself up near a Balochistan Frontier Corps (FC) vehicle which was on routine patrol in the Baleli Chowk of Quetta on Monday.

Security forces have cordoned off the area in wake of the blast, with the injured being shifted to the Combined Military Hospital (CMH).

Security sources are still trying to ascertain further details in this regard with casualties feared in the attack. Initial reports suggest the suspect was a suicide bomber in his early twenties. The injured FC men have been shifted to CMH Quetta for treatment.

Aslam Tareen, the director of civil defence, confirmed that it was a suicide blast and 8-10 kilogrammes of explosive was used in the attack. The age of the bomber seems to be around 20 to 22 years, Tareen said.

There has been no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack, which destroyed the FC vehicle. Belili is considered to be one of the sensitive areas in Quetta.

Back on March 15, one person was killed and six others, including women and children were injured in an explosion inside the house of a cleric in Qila Saifullah town. The blast occurred in the house of Maulvi Habibullah Jogezi, situated some 190 km north of Quetta, said official sources.