Islamabad: At-least 63 people have been killed; mostly lawyers and more than over 100 other were injured in a powerful suicide bomber blast at crowded government hospital in Quetta in Pakistan’s restless southwestern Balochistan province today.
According to officials, this is the worst terrorist attacks in Pakistan this year which was claimed by the suspected suicide attacks followed by gunfire.
Rescue official said, that the blast came after few hours when an unidentified gunman shot dead Balochistan Bar Association president (BA) Advocate Bilal Anwar Kasi in the provincial capital following which lawyers had brought his body to the hospital.
The deafening blast, heard clearly on video, took place in the emergency ward of the Civil Hospital when nearly 100 lawyers had gathered to collect the body of a lawyer shot dead hours earlier.
A bomb disposal squad informed that the bomber had eight to 10 kg of explosives hidden in his vest and the police found the limbs of the bomber.
The dead included 25 lawyers and two journalists, including Aaj TV cameraman Shehzad Khan, who could be heard clearly on the camera reciting the “Kalma” in a groaning voice as he died.
Pakistan’s biggest province by area Balochistan, declared three days of mourning, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif flew to Quetta. Army chief Raheel Sharif visited the injured in the Civil Hospital.
Balochistan Chief Minister Sanaullah Zehri blamed the Indian intelligence agency RAW, saying it was responsible for incidents of terror in Quetta.