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A Pakistani man mourns the death of a family member who was killed in a bomb blast. AP Photo/Arshad Butt

At least 70 mourners killed in 'appalling' bomb blast at hospital in Pakistan

About 200 people had gathered at the hospital to mourn the death of a senior local lawyer.

AT LEAST 70 people were killed and more than 100 wounded when an explosion ripped through a crowd of mourners at a hospital in southwest Pakistan, officials have said.

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon condemned the “terrorist bombing”, saying it was “particularly appalling” that the suicide attack targeted a group of mourners.

The bomber struck a crowd of some 200 people gathered at the Civil Hospital in Quetta after the fatal shooting of a senior local lawyer earlier in the day.

“The targeting of mourners at a civilian hospital makes the attack particularly appalling,” Ban’s spokesman Farhan Haq said.

He urged the Pakistani government to do its utmost to bring those behind the attack to justice.

Video footage showed bodies strewn on the ground, some still smoking, among pools of blood and shattered glass as shocked survivors cried and comforted one another.

Many of the dead appeared to be wearing black suits and ties as a mark of respect for the dead lawyer.

Pakistan People carry an injured lawyer to a hospital following the bomb blast in Quetta, Pakistan. AP Photo / Arshad Butt AP Photo / Arshad Butt / Arshad Butt

The crowd, mainly lawyers and journalists, had gone to the hospital after the death of the president of the Balochistan Bar Association in a shooting earlier today, provincial home secretary Akbar Harifal told AFP.

Bilal Anwar Kasi was targeted by two unidentified gunmen as he left his home for work.

Officials said mobile phone jammers had been activated around hospitals in the area – a regular precaution after an attack – making it hard to contact officers on the ground to get updated information.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for either the blast or the shooting. But militant groups in the province routinely target security forces and government installations.

Pakistan People comfort each other following the blast. Arshad Butt Arshad Butt


Balochistan, which borders Iran and Afghanistan, has major oil and gas resources but is afflicted by Islamist militancy, sectarian violence between Sunni and Shiite Muslims and a separatist insurgency.

The military has been deployed in and around the city’s hospitals, Baloch said.

The blast is the second deadliest in Pakistan this year so far, after a bombing in a crowded park in Lahore over Easter killed 75 people.

Pakistan A Pakistani paramedic carries people to a hospital following a bomb blast. AP Photo / Arshad Butt AP Photo / Arshad Butt / Arshad Butt

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif condemned the bombing and ordered authorities to tighten security.

“No one will be allowed to disturb peace in the province that has been restored due to countless sacrifices of security forces, police and the people,” his statement said.

Facebook activated its safety check for Quetta in the wake of the attack.

Pakistani hospitals have been targeted by militants previously.

In 2010, a bomb killed 13 people outside the casualty department of a hospital in Karachi in Sindh province, where victims of an earlier attack were being treated as anxious relatives gathered.

© – AFP, 2016

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