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Suicide Attack Targets Pakistani Hospital, Dozens Killed

Pakistanis in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa

Pakistanis in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. Photo: DVIDSHUB.


At least 53 people have been killed in a suicide attack at the main gate of a hospital in the southwestern Pakistani city of Quetta.

Officials said more than 100 were wounded — many of them critically — in the August 8 explosion, which took place shortly after the body of a prominent lawyer killed in a shooting attack was brought to the hospital.

Sarfraz Bugti, the provincial interior minister, denounced the attack as an “act of terrorism.”

No one immediately claimed responsibility for the hospital attack.

A government spokesman in southwestern Balochistan Province said an investigation is underway.

It was also unknown who was behind the killing of the lawyer, Bilal Kasi, who was gunned down on his way to court earlier on August 8.

Local TV stations broadcast footage showing people running in panic around the hospital grounds.

Police said most of the dead were lawyers who had gathered after Kasi’s body was brought to the hospital.

Lawyer associations announced seven days of mourning and a one-day boycott of courts all over Pakistan to protest against the bombing.

Source: rferl.org

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