Pak­istani Tal­iban kill 70 in hos­pi­tal at­tack

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PAK­ISTANI Tal­iban fac­tion has claimed re­spon­si­bil­ity for the sui­cide at­tack at the emer­gency depart­ment of a hos­pi­tal in Pak­istan’s Quetta that left at least 70 peo­ple dead.

Yesteray’s at­tack tar­geted a group of mourn­ing lawyers, who were gath­ered to ac­com­pany the body of a mur­dered col­league.

“The Tehreek-e-Tal­iban Pak­istan Ja­maat-ur-Ahrar takes re­spon­si­bil­ity for this at­tack, and pledges to con­tinue car­ry­ing out such at­tacks. We will re­lease a video re­port on this soon,” the group’s spokesman Eh­san­ul­lah Eh­san said in an email. Many of the dead ap­peared to be wear­ing black suits and ties. Balochis­tan Home Min­is­ter Sar­fraz Bugti said: “The blast oc­curred after a num­ber of lawyers and some jour­nal­ists had gath­ered at the hos­pi­tal fol­low­ing the death of Bi­lal An­war Kasi, the pres­i­dent of the Balochis­tan Bar As­so­ci­a­tion, in a sep­a­rate shoot­ing in­ci­dent early this morn­ing.”

The lawyers were at the unit be­cause ear­lier in the day armed men, who are still uniden­ti­fied, had shot Bi­lal An­war Kasi, reports said.

Kasi, who later died from his in­juries, was the for­mer pres­i­dent of the Balochis­tan Bar As­so­ci­a­tion. He had been on his way to work when he was at­tacked.

Sev­eral peo­ple were wounded as they rushed to leave the hos­pi­tal, Dawn re­ported.

Pak­istani me­dia said that jour­nal­ists were among the vic­tims, with at least two cam­era­men killed. One cam­era­man was named by lo­cal me­dia as Aaj TV’s She­hzad Khan.

The other was Mehmood Khan of Dawn. His col­league Su­maira Ja­jja wrote on Twit­ter that Khan, a fa­ther of seven chil­dren, started out as a se­cu­rity guard be­fore join­ing Dawn as an of­fi­cer worker to then be­come a cam­era­man. He had planned to do a mas­ter’s de­gree in jour­nal­ism.

Balochis­tan, which bor­ders Iran and Afghanistan, has oil and gas re­sources and is af­flicted by fight­ing, vi­o­lence be­tween Sunni and Shia Mus­lims, and a sep­a­ratist re­bel­lion.

“The at­tack took place at the main gate to the emer­gency area,” said Al Jazeera’s Ka­mal Hy­der, re­port­ing from Is­lam­abad.

“Im­por­tantly, this hap­pened after the pres­i­dent of the Quetta bar was gunned down,” he said. “There are big ques­tions after this se­cu­rity lapse. There is a very heavy death toll and most killed to­day are peo­ple be­long­ing to the le­gal fra­ter­nity.”

Hy­der said an at­tack took place at the same hos­pi­tal in 2010. — Al Jazeera

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