Taliban targets heavily fortified hotel hosting the Chinese ambassador in Quetta

Taliban targets heavily fortified hotel hosting the Chinese ambassador in Pakistani city of Quetta in suicide blast killing four and wounding 11

The Taliban has claimed responsibility for the suicide bombing on a Pakistani hotel in the city of Quetta The blast targeted a car park beside the heavily-fortified hotel which is next to the Iranian Consulate Pakistani officials said the Chinese Ambassador was staying at the hotel but was uninjured in the blast  

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A car bomb blast late on Wednesday ripped through a luxury hotel’s parking area in the southwestern Pakistani city of Quetta, killing four people and wounding 11, officials said.

China‘s ambassador to Pakistan was staying at the hotel, but was not there when the bomb exploded, said Pakistan’s interior Minister, Sheikh Rashid Ahmad.

Provincial Home Minister Ziaullah Lango said the envoy was fine.

The Taliban claimed responsibility for a bomb attack on a Pakistani hotel which killed four people and injured 11

The blast hit the car park of the Serena Hotel in the city of Quetta. The Chinese ambassador was staying in the hotel at the time of the blast

The blast hit the car park of the Serena Hotel in the city of Quetta. The Chinese ambassador was staying in the hotel at the time of the blast

Chinese Ambassador Nong Rong had earlier in the day met provincial Chief Minister Jam Kamal in the city. The ambassador was not injured in the blast

Chinese Ambassador Nong Rong had earlier in the day met provincial Chief Minister Jam Kamal in the city. The ambassador was not injured in the blast

The hotel is in Quetta near Pakistan's border with Afghanistan and is of interest to Chinese investors

The hotel is in Quetta near Pakistan’s border with Afghanistan and is of interest to Chinese investors 

‘An explosion has rocked the parking area of the Serena Hotel,’ police official Nasir Malik told Reuters, saying 11 people had been wounded. An official at a local civil hospital, Waseem Baig, said four people had died, and ‘several others are in critical condition.’

‘A car that was full of explosives exploded in the hotel,’ Ahmad told local ARY News TV.

The Pakistan Taliban claimed responsibility for the bombing.

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