81 dead in Pakistan blast

A bomb in a market stand in Quetta, Pakistan has killed at least 81 people and injured 180. The attack was carried out by extremists from Pakistan's Sunni Muslim majority, police said.

Pakistan market bomb was 'fitted to a motorcycle'

Pakistan's officials have said that the extensive damage and loss of life in Quetta was caused by an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) strapped to a motorcycle.

Wazir Khan Nasir, deputy inspector general of police in Quetta, said: "The explosion was caused by an improvised explosive device fitted to a motorcycle."

Here the extent of the damage is being gauged by local people:

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Pakistan market bomb kills 'at least 64 people'

A spokesman for Lashkar-e-Jhangvi, a Sunni group, claimed responsibility for the bomb in Quetta, which caused casualties in the town's main bazaar, a school and a computer centre. Police said most of the victims were Shi'ites. Burned school bags and books were strewn around.

Sixty-four people including school children died on Saturday in a bomb attack carried out by extremists from Pakistan's Sunni Muslim majority, police said.

"The explosion was caused by an improvised explosive device fitted to a motorcycle," said Wazir Khan Nasir, deputy inspector general of police in Quetta.

"This is a continuation of terrorism against Shi'ites."

"I saw many bodies of women and children," said an eyewitness at a hospital. "At least a dozen people were burned to death by the blast."

Pakistan's law enforcement officials say Lashkar-e-Jhangvi has become a formidable force.

Pakistan blast death toll at 60 with 180 injured

A official from Pakistan said the death toll in a Quetta blast in a market stands at 60, with 180 people injured.

The dead and the injured are being brought to hospital. Credit: Reuters
Ambulances are rushing the injured and the dead to hospital. Credit: Reuters
The dead and the injured are taken from an ambulance to hospital. Credit: Reuters