Large blast rips through Quetta; 63 killed
[Dawn] At least 63 people were killed and almost 200 maimed Saturday when a large kaboom shook Quetta, the capital of restive Balochistan
...the Pak province bordering Kandahar and Uruzgun provinces in Afghanistan and Sistan Baluchistan in Iran. Its native Baloch propulation is being displaced by Pashtuns and Punjabis and they aren't happy about it...
province, police officials said.
The kaboom occurred near a market at the busy Kirani road area of the city, located close to Hazara Town, where a large population of the ethnic Hazaras community resides.
"At least 63 people have been killed by the blast. The dead include women and kiddies," Mir Zubair Mehmood, police chief of Quetta city, told news hounds. "The kaboom completely destroyed a two-storey building."
Earlier Wazir Khan Nasir, a police brass hat, had said that almost 200 people had been injured in the attack.
"It was a sectarian attack, the Shia community was the target," said Wazir Khan Nasir.
A front man for the banned
The word "banned" doesn't mean the same thing in Pakistain that it does in other places. I'm not sure what it actually does mean, but it doesn't mean 'forbidden,' and any 'prohibition' is purely theoretical.
... a 'more violent' offshoot of Sipah-e-Sahaba Pakistain. LeJ's purpose in life is to murder anyone who's not of utmost religious purity, starting with Shiites but including Brelvis, Ahmadis, Christians, Jews, Buddhists, Rosicrucians, and just about anyone else you can think of. They are currently a wholly-owned subsidiary of al-Qaeda ...
grabbed credit for Saturday's bloodshed, news agency Rooters reported.
"We fear more casualties. We have announced an emergency in hospitals," said provincial home secretary Akbar Hussain Durrani.
Durrani said the bomb was planted near the pillar of a building in the market.
Officials and witnesses said an angry mob surrounded the area after the blast and were not allowing coppers, rescue workers and news hounds to reach the site.
"They were angry and started a protest, some of them pelted police with stones," said Durrani.
"Some of them were armed and were firing gunshots in the air, now they have allowed police and rescue workers to reach on spot," he added.
Governor Balochistan Zulfikar Magsi has announced Sunday to be a province-wide day of mourning. The Majlis-e-Wahdat-e-Mohammedaneen and the Hazara Democratic Party (HDP) have also called a strike in Quetta on Sunday in protest of Saturday's blast.
The lovely provincial capital has become a flashpoint for sectarian linked violence, where at least 93 people were killed in a series of bombing last month. A majority of the people killed in the Alamdar Road blasts on Jan 10 belonged to the Hazara Shia community.
It was Pakistain's worst sectarian attack, claimed by the banned Lashkar-e-Jhangvi.
Later that month, Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf sacked the provincial government after relatives and Shia demonstrators refused to bury the blast victims for four days in protest.
The protestors demanded greater protection from the government and military.
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