According to health officials, at least four people were killed and 12 were injured in a powerful explosion in the parking lot of an upscale hotel in the southwestern Pakistani city of Quetta.
According to Zia Langove, Balochistan province’s home minister, China’s ambassador to Pakistan, Nong Rong, was a guest at Serena Hotel. Langove told Al Jazeera that the ambassador was not at the hotel at the time of the explosion on Wednesday.
The Chinese embassy made no immediate comment.
“A car that was full of explosives exploded in the hotel,” Pakistan’s Interior Minister Sheikh Rashid Ahmad told local ARY News TV.
No one was able to approach the site of the explosion as security forces rushed to the hotel. Local news stations broadcast footage of vehicles on fire, and police announced they had launched an investigation.
Waseem Baig, spokesperson for the Civil Hospital, Quetta’s main hospital where the injured were taken, confirmed the number of people killed and injured to Al Jazeera. Any of the injured is thought to be in critical condition.