Pakistan Bombing Death Toll Rises To 70

The number of victims in the Pakistan hospital bombing has risen to 70 while 120 others are seriously injured, the BBC reports.

The blast took place on Monday morning at the entrance of a public hospital in the city of Quetta in South Pakistan.

Majority of the casualties were lawyers and journalists who had accompanied the body of their slain colleague, a prominent lawyer and activist in the region, Bilai Anwar Kasi who was killed earlier in the day.

It has now been revealed that the attack was specifically targeted at the group of mourners who had gathered at the entrance. The bomb claimed the lives of 17 lawyers and two journalists among others.

A section of the Islamic terrorist group Pakistani Taliban, the Jamaat-ul-Ahrar, has claimed responsibility for the attack at the hospital and the murder of the Mr. Kasi.

The group’s spokesperson Ehsanullah Ehsan, spoke to an international media house saying,

“We proudly claim responsibility for the killing of lawyers’ leader Bilal Kasi and then suicide attack on lawyers gathered to protest his killing. We will release video of these incidents and our attacks will continue in Pakistan,”

Following the attack, Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif expressed his grief and anguish and condemned the attacks saying “No-one will be allowed to disturb the peace of the province. The people, policy and security forces in Balochistan have given sacrifices for the country.”

Democratic Presidential Nominee Hillary Clinton, UN Secretary general Ban Ki Moon also expressed their solidarity with the people of Pakistan and condemned the attacks, Moon released a statement urging the Government of Pakistan to do its utmost to ensure safety of the population and bring to justice the perpetrators of Monday’s attack.

He expressed his heartfelt condolences to the victims and their families, and wished the injured a speedy recovery.



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