Eight injured in car bomb attack in Paks Quetta city

Islamabad: A powerful car bomb went off in a congested neighbourhood in southwest Pakistan`s Quetta city on Saturday, injuring at least eight persons, including a child and four policemen.

The bomb exploded near a school and the home of a senior police official at Alamdar Road at about 11 am local time, officials said.

Deputy Inspector General of Police Hamid Shakeel said unidentified men parked a car in the area and detonated the bomb by remote control.

The policemen injured in the attack were bodyguards deployed at the home of the senior official.

The injured were taken to the nearby Civil Hospital.

The powerful blast, which destroyed the car, was heard from several kilometres away and caused panic in parts of Quetta.

The explosion also damaged nearby houses.

No group claimed responsibility for the attack.