Pakistanis protest over bombings

Pakistani Shias in Quetta, the city that was hit by a terror attack yesterday, have refused to bury the dead in a demonstration against the government. A series of bombings in different parts of Pakistan killed more than 100 people.

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Pakistani Shias refuse to bury dead in protest

Pakistani Shias in Quetta - the city that was hit by a brutal terror attack - have refused to bury the dead in a demonstration against the government.

People inspect the site of yesterday's bomb blast in Quetta. Credit: Naseer Ahmed / Reuters

The minority Muslim sect are demanding that the government do something to protect them from bombings and shootings by extremist Sunni's.

The bombings in Quetta were the worst in a series of attacks across Pakistan that killed 120 people. It appeared to be the country's deadliest single day of violence in five years.

UN Secretary-General 'deeply concerned' about Pakistan terrorism

A spokesperson for the UN Secretary-General said:

The Secretary-General is deeply concerned about ongoing terrorist violence in Pakistan.

He strongly condemns the multiple attacks today in Quetta (Balochistan) and the Swat Valley that have reportedly killed at least 100 people and injured at least 200 more.

He also strongly condemns yesterday’s targeted killing of Dr. Syed Riaz Hussain who was the President of the Pakistan People's Party for Kurram Agency in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas. Dr. Hussain was a strong advocate of democracy and tolerance.

These heinous acts cannot be justified by any cause.

The Secretary-General conveys his heartfelt condolences and deepest sympathies to the Government and people of Pakistan, as well as to the families of all the victims.

He reiterates the strong support of the United Nations for the efforts of the Government of Pakistan to combat the scourge of terrorism and hopes that the perpetrators of these violent acts will be brought to justice.


More than 100 killed in series of Pakistan bomb blasts

More than 100 people were killed in bombings in two Pakistani cities today in one of the country's bloodiest days in recent years:

  • Three of the blasts were in Quetta, Balochistan province; the other was in Mingora, Swat province
  • Police said twin blasts at a snooker hall in Quetta killed 81 people and injured more than 120
  • Extremist Sunni group Lashkar-e-Jhangvi claimed responsibility for the attack, which was in a Shia area
  • Earlier, a car bomb targeting paramilitary soldiers in a market area in Quetta killed 12 people and wounded more than 40, police said
  • The United Baluch Army, a separatist group, claimed responsibility for the attack
  • In the city of Mingora, 22 people were killed and more than 70 injured in a bombing, officials said
  • Police said the bomb targeted people who had gathered to hear a religious leader speak
  • It is the deadliest militant attack in Swat for more than two years


Twin explosions kill 'at least 56 people' in Pakistan

Twin explosions killed at least 56 people in the Pakistani city of Quetta on Thursday evening, a police official said, hours after a bombing in Quetta's market killed 11.

The death toll in the latest blasts could rise, according to Deputy Inspector of Police Hamid Shakil.

The first explosion, in a snooker hall, appeared to be a suicide bombing, local residents said. About ten minutes later, a car bomb went off, they said, and five policemen and a cameraman were among the dead from that blast.

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