QUETTA - At least two people were killed and over 20 others wounded in two separate rocket attacks fired by suspected insurgents which landed in different parts of Quetta-city on Saturday night, police and hospital officials said.

According to police, unidentified people fired two rockets apparently from Sariab locality of Quetta. One of the rockets landed at a shoe shop on crowded Kandahari Bazaar while the second rocket landed in Basti Panchayat (Christian Colony) at Kasi Road of Quetta.

As a result, over 20 people, including children, were wounded and rushed to nearby Civil Hospital Quetta. One rocket which landed at Kandahari Bazaar killed a 16-year-old boy, Bismillah and wounded 18 others. One of the injured died later in hospital.

“A boy was killed on the spot and one of the wounded, a man, died at hospital,” said senior police official Mohammad Zubair. Hospital official Rasheed Jamali confirmed the casualties.

Hospital sources said condition of some injured was critical while rest of the injured were discharged after first medical aid. People injured at Kandahari Bazaar attack were busy in shopping, a police official said.

The rocket attack damaged the shop and smashed windowpanes of several buildings while a vehicle and some motorbikes were also damaged. The back to back rocket attacks sent a wave of panic and fear among the people who rushed to their homes after the attack.

Police and personnel of Frontier Corps (FC) reached the blast scenes soon after the attacks and cordoned off the areas.

Meanwhile, United Baloch Liberation Army has claimed responsibility for the rocket attacks.

The spokesman of organization Murid Baloch calling from unspecified location to media offices said their target was Quetta Cantt but the rockets missed their targets.