Quetta Pakistan suicide bombing

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A suicide bomber struck a hospital yesterday in Quetta, A Southwestern city in Pakistan killing over 70 people leaving more than 112 wounded. These devastating attacks on civilians have become a motto for massacre and struggle in the region over the past decade.

Dozens of lawyers had gathered at hospital to condemn the shooting of a colleague in early hours of the day. Bomber attacked the crowd of these lawyers that crammed into the emergency department.

Jamaat-ur-Ahrar, a division of the Islamist militant Pakistani Taliban group, earlier said it carried out the attack, although the group is believed to have claimed responsibility for bombings in the past that it was not involved in.

Spokesperson Ehsanullah Ehsan said- “The Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan Jamaat-ur-Ahrar (TTP-JA) takes responsibility for this attack, and pledges to continue carrying out such attacks”.

Bombing was also claimed by Islamic state.

Bilal Anwar Kasi, President of Baluchistan Bar association, was gunned down by anonymous attacker. He was killed by men on motorcycle on his way to court. Dozens of lawyers later went to civil hospital where his body had been taken for an autopsy. As the protested the killing, a powerful explosion ripped through the emergency ward’s entrance.

Two cameramen working for local news networks were among those killed.

Windows of building was shattered, vehicles parked nearby building were damaged and bodies of victims lay in pool of blood.

Mr. Haq, an eyewitness and survivor said “I was in the second row, senior lawyers were in the first row .Suddenly, and there was a deafening explosion.” He added, “I lost my hearing for almost an hour after the blast”.

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