Quetta, Pakistan (CNN)A man rammed his explosive-laden motorcycle into a Pakistani security forces’ vehicle, setting off a blast that killed at least eight people and injured about 20 others, officials said.

The suicide attack took place Saturday evening outside a district court in Quetta, which is in southwestern Pakistan’s Balochistan province, said Quetta police official Syed Imtiaz Shah.

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The Pakistani Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack in a statement released Saturday through the group’s spokesman Mohammad Khurrassani.

Three security personnel are among the dead, according to Shah.

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Yet — as evidenced by the larger death toll — Pakistani forces weren’t the only ones affected. The intense blast shattered glass of nearby homes and buildings, while a nearby hospital saw an influx of patients.

Dr. Rasheed Jamali, a doctor working in the emergency ward in one Quetta hospital, said that five wounded that he’d seen were in serious condition.

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Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif condemned the terror attack and directed authorities to help those injured and hunt down those responsible.