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

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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.