Tal­iban and IS claim hospi­tal sui­cide bomb­ing

The Myanmar Times - - World -

AT least 70 peo­ple died when a sui­cide bomb tore through a crowd of mourn­ers gath­ered at a Pak­istani hospi­tal on Au­gust 8, in an at­tack claimed by both the Tal­iban and Is­lamic State group.

Prime Min­is­ter Nawaz Sharif called for se­cu­rity forces to “dec­i­mate” ter­ror­ists af­ter the blast at the Civil Hospi­tal in the Balochis­tan pro­vin­cial cap­i­tal here, which also wounded more than 100 peo­ple.

Video footage showed bod­ies strewn on the ground among pools of blood and shat­tered glass.

The bomber struck a crowd of some 200 peo­ple gath­ered to mourn the death of a se­nior lo­cal lawyer who had been as­sas­si­nated ear­lier in the day.

Many of the vic­tims were clad in the black suits and ties tra­di­tion­ally worn by Pak­istani lawyers.

An AFP jour­nal­ist was about 20 me­tres away when the bomb went off. “There were huge black clouds and dirt,” he said.

“I ran back to the place and saw dead bod­ies scat­tered ev­ery­where and many in­jured peo­ple cry­ing.

“There were pools and pools of blood around and pieces of hu­man bod­ies and flesh.”

Medics from the hospi­tal rushed out to help dozens of in­jured, he said.

Pervez Masi, who was in­jured by pieces of fly­ing glass, said the blast was so pow­er­ful that “we didn’t know what had hap­pened”.

“So many friends were mar­tyred,” he said. “Who­ever is do­ing this is not hu­man – he is a beast.”

Bomb dis­posal unit chief Ab­dul Raz­zaq said it was a sui­cide at­tack. “The bomber had strapped some 8 kilo­grams of ex­plo­sives packed with ball bear­ings and shrap­nel on the body,” he said.

The head of the pro­vin­cial health de­part­ment, doc­tor Ma­sood Naush­er­wani, gave a death toll of 70, with 112 in­jured.

A fac­tion of the Pak­istani Tal­iban, Ja­maat-ul-Ahrar, claimed re­spon­si­bil­ity for both the as­sas­si­na­tion of the lawyer and the blast at the hospi­tal.

A spokesper­son vowed it would carry out more at­tacks “un­til the im­po­si­tion of an Is­lamic sys­tem in Pak­istan”. –

Photo: AFP

Pak­istani jour­nal­ists take part in a can­dle­light vigil dur­ing a rally to pay trib­ute to their col­leagues killed in a sui­cide bomb­ing in Quetta, in La­hore, on Au­gust 8.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Myanmar

© PressReader. All rights reserved.