Hospital bomb blast kills 45
AT least 45 people were killed and dozens wounded when a bomb ripped through a crowd of mourners yesterday at a hospital in southwest Pakistan.
The blast in the Balochistan provincial capital Quetta came after mourners, including journalists and lawyers, had gathered at the hospital following the fatal shooting of a senior local lawyer.
Video footage showed bodies strewn on the ground 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. A large burn mark against white brick appeared to indicate where the bomb went off.
Officials were cautious about the death toll, saying mobile phone jammers had been activated around hospitals in the area so they were unable to contact officers on the ground.
“The last information we had was 45 dead but it may increase,” said Saleh Baloch, health minister for Balochistan, in a figure confirmed by an AFP reporter at the scene.
Several lawyers and some journalists had gathered at the hospital after the death of the president of the Balochistan Bar Association in a shooting on August 7, said Akbar Harifal, provincial home secretary.
Volunteers remove the bodies of victims at the site of the bomb explosion at a goverrnment hospital in Quetta yesterday.