An explosion ripped through a luxury hotel’s parking lot in Pakistan’s Quetta city of Balochistan on Wednesday night, killing at least four people and wounding 11 others.
Pakistan’s Interior Minister, Sheikh Rashid Ahmad said China’s ambassador to Pakistan was also staying at Serena Hotel which is the most secure hotel in Quetta where international development teams and diplomats choose to stay.
Provincial Home Minister Zualluah Lango told Reuters that the Chinese envoy was fine.
The blast rocked parking area of Serena Hotel, killing four people and wounding 11 others.
Several of the wounded people are reported to have been in critical condition.
Pakistani Taliban have reportedly claimed responsibility for the explosive-laden vehicle detonated in the Serena hotel.
“It was a suicide attack in which our suicide bomber used his explosives-filled car in the hotel,” a spokesman for the militant group Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) wrote in a text message to a Reuters reporter.
Earlier on that day Chinese Ambassador “Nong Rong” met with provincial Chief Minister Jam Kamal in the city, and he would complete his visit to Quetta by Thursday.
Chinese Embassy did not respond to Reuters in regards to the blast, the well-fortified hotel is located next to the Iranian consulate in Quetta.
It is not clear whether Chinese the delegation was a target of the attack, however, Chinese nationals and their interests in the region have been previously attacked by the Taliban militants and nationalist insurgents.