At least four people were killed and 12 injured late Wednesday night when a car bomb exploded outside the luxury Serena Hotel in Quetta, Pakistan.
The hotel is where visiting diplomats and government officials typically stay while in Quetta, and Pakistan's interior minister, Sheikh Rashid Ahmad, told ARY News TV that while Chinese Ambassador to Pakistan Nong Rong was a guest at the hotel, he was not there when the blast occurred.
Quetta is in the Balochistan province, near the Afghan border. There have been several recent attacks in the area by militants who want independence from Pakistan and an end to Chinese infrastructure projects in the province, BBC News reports. The Pakistani Taliban has claimed responsibility for the bombing. Catherine Garcia
Police said the blast happened near an airport entrance where supporters of exiled Afghan Vice President Rashid Dostum were waiting to see him drive by in his motorcade. Dostum was back in Afghanistan after more than a year in Turkey, and was in an armored vehicle when the bombing took place; he was not hurt. The Islamic State has claimed responsibility for the bombing, which killed at least one child and several members of Afghan security forces.
Dostum has been accused of human rights abuses stretching back to 2001, and last year, his guards allegedly seized political rival Ahmed Eshchi and tortured him; Dostum denies the allegations. Catherine Garcia
In a statement, the ministry said that a man driving the car leapt from the vehicle before it blew up and fled on a motorbike that was following him. The building is in the Shubra Al-Khaima neighborhood, and the explosion rattled windows and woke people up across the area. Over the past few months, several bombings have taken place in Egypt, including an attack in broad daylight that killed the country's chief prosecutor.
A few days ago, President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi signed into law new anti-terrorism legislation that sets up special courts, enacts harsh penalties for offenses considered terrorism-related, and imposes fines for journalists who dispute the government's version of an attack, The Guardian reports. Catherine Garcia