Members of the bomb disposal unit survey the site after the blast at a vegetable market in Quetta [Naseer Ahmed/Reuters]

Islamabad, Pakistan – At least 16 people have been killed and another 30 wounded as an explosion ripped through a market in the southwestern Pakistani city of Quetta, police say, the latest attack to target the city’s minority Hazara community. 

The explosion took place as Hazaras, who are Shia Muslims, were buying vegetables early on Friday morning, Quetta police chief Abdul Razzaq Cheema told Al Jazeera by telephone.

“Members of the Hazara community go to the market every day to shop, and we provide them with a security escort,” he said.

“They were at the market as police and [paramilitary] Frontier Corps soldiers

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