Pakistan: 70 dead in a bomb blast at Quetta Civil Hospital
#Quetta, Pakistan: At least 70 people, mostly lawyers, were killed and over 100 others injured when a powerful bomb ripped through a hospital in Quetta in Pakistan’s southwestern Balochistan province, in a suspected suicide attack followed by gunfire.
There was no claim of responsibility for the blast, which occurred at the gates of the building housing the emergency ward. Bomb Disposal Squad officials confirmed the explosion was a suicide bombing.
“The blast took place after a number of lawyers and some journalists had gathered at the hospital following the death of the president of the Balochistan Bar Association in a separate shooting incident this morning,” said Balochistan Home Secretary Akbar Harifal.
As usual, Pakistani politicians are blaming India for this incident. Within minutes of the blast, Balochistan Chief Minister Sanaullah Zehri told local TV channel Geo News that Indian intelligence agency Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) was ‘behind’ terror incidents in Quetta.
Journalists present at the premises also came in the line of fire and a cameraman for DawnNews, Mahmood Khan, who was severely injured in the explosion, later passed away. Shahzad Khan, a cameraman associated with Aaj TV, was killed in the blast.
An emergency was declared in hospitals across Quetta and several injured were shifted to other hospitals for treatment.