Hos­pi­tal bomb blast kills 45

The Myanmar Times - - World -

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.

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