Karachi, Aug 12 (PTI) At least 12 people were killed and over 20 others injured today in a high intensity blast in Pakistan’s Quetta city.

The blast took place in a parking lot near Pishin bus stop which is in a high security area.

Baluchistan’s Home Minister Mir Sarfaraz Bugti said the bomb was apparently kept in a vehicle parked near the bus stop.

“Investigations are continuing but I can confirm it was a big explosion and there are around two dozen injured who are being shifted to nearby hospitals,” Bugti said.

Twelve dead bodies were brought to the hospital and they were all badly charred and burnt, Duniya channel reported.

The blast was so loud that it was heard in far off areas and caused a huge fire in which some vehicles and auto rickshaws were also damaged.

This is published unedited from the PTI feed.