The explosion happened inside the car park of the Serena hotel in Quetta, southwest Pakistan. China’s ambassador to Pakistan is suspected to have been the target of the blast.
Police official Nasir Malik told Reuters: “An explosion has rocked the parking area of the Serena Hotel.”
Pictures from the scene show cars and a nearby building in flames as emergency services rushed to the scene.
Pakistan’s interior Minister, Sheikh Rashid Ahmad, said the Chinese ambassador was not at the scene when the bomb exploded.
Provincial Home Minister Ziaullah Lango confirmed that the envoy was fine.
Mr Ahmad told local media a “car that was full of explosives exploded in the hotel”.
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