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.

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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.

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