Mar­ket bomb blast kills 16, wounds 30

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ISLAMABAD, Pak­istan – At least 16 peo­ple were killed when a pow­er­ful bomb ripped through a veg­etable mar­ket in Quetta in south­west­ern Pak­istan early Fri­day, of­fi­cials said. At least nine of the dead were Hazaras, a Shi­ite Mus­lim mi­nor­ity group that has re­peat­edly been the tar­get of Sunni ex­trem­ists.

There was no im­me­di­ate claim of re­spon­si­bil­ity for the at­tack, which also wounded at least 30 peo­ple, some of them crit­i­cally. But Lashkare-Jhangvi, a banned mil­i­tant Sunni group, has of­ten car­ried out at­tacks against Hazaras in Quetta, the cap­i­tal of Baluchis­tan prov­ince. For years, the Hazaras have lived in a state of per­pet­ual fear in Quetta, and prom­ises made by suc­ces­sive gov­ern­ments have failed to en­sure their safety.

While ter­ror­ist at­tacks have de­clined sig­nif­i­cantly in the past year across the coun­try, the at­tack Fri­day was a grim re­minder that the Hazaras con­tinue to re­main vul­ner­a­ble to mil­i­tant vi­o­lence and that the se­cu­rity pro­vided to them re­mains in­ad­e­quate.

A se­nior po­lice of­fi­cial said that the bomb went off in a sack of pota­toes, and that the vic­tims in­cluded shop­keep­ers and cus­tomers at the veg­etable mar­ket.

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