At least 17 injured as roadside bomb targets judge's police escort in Quetta

Published: August 11, 2016
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QUETTA: A roadside bomb hit a security vehicle and wounded 17 people on Thursday in Quetta, days after a suicide bombing at a hospital killed at least 74 people, most of them lawyers.

Home Minister Safaraz Bugti said the homemade bomb targeted police personnel escorting a judge, who was not hurt in the attack, in the city. ”

It was Federal Shariat Court Judge Zahoor Shawani’s car that was passing, but I believe it was the police who were the target,” he said.

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“It was a remote-controlled device with 3-4 kg of explosives … I think these kinds of cowardly acts will not reduce our morale.”

Medical Superintendent Abdul Rehman Miankhel told Reuters the wounded, including four members of the security forces, were being treated at the Civil Hospital, the same facility hit by Monday’s suicide attack.

Monday’s attack hit a large group of lawyers gathered at the hospital to mourn the head of the Balochistan bar association who was shot dead earlier that day.

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The hospital suicide bombing was Pakistan’s deadliest attack this year. It was claimed by both a faction of the Pakistani Taliban, Jamaat-ur-Ahrar, and also by the Islamic State militant group, which has been seeking to recruit followers in Pakistan and Afghanistan.

Targeted killings have become increasingly common in Quetta, the capital of Balochistan that has seen rising violence linked to a separatist insurgency as well as sectarian tensions and rising crime.

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Reader Comments (7)

  • Kalimullah
    Aug 11, 2016 - 10:36AM

    Another blast?? Recommend

  • سے Shaam (Hanafi)
    Aug 11, 2016 - 11:17AM

    Just pathetic condition of security in Pakistan, you come glaring blaring blaming India when everything is happening within the periphery of your cities. I’m sure the so called great Army of Pakistan is fully aware within, who the perpetrators of these heinous crimes are… or just waiting for the situation to become worse to take power from the parliamentarians.Recommend

  • Rajesh
    Aug 11, 2016 - 12:14PM

    Oh no what is happening in lawless country why are people silent on clueless administration? & yet they say We are reviewing our security measures and you will see changes on the ground.” Recommend

  • Bharatiya Australian
    Aug 11, 2016 - 12:23PM

    So sad and pathetic…Reason Pakistan and Pakistanis are unable to curb these attacks is because they conveniently assume Indian conspiracy and hence its easy for authorities to not eradicate the root cause which lies with in Pakistan…There are people with extremist ideologies who keep screaming religious hatred on loud speakers almost every day against India and against other non believers but these people are not considered big part of the problem. Hence the hatred killings continue as perpetrators know authorities will not come behind them. Not sure if Allah has any more patience left to save land of pure as people have stopped using almighty’s biggest gift ‘Brain’.Recommend

  • FAZ
    Aug 11, 2016 - 1:37PM

    @Bharatiya Australian:

    Dear Bharti
    The rootcause of these problems are partly our fault. We never care to admit that. Recently even Hilary Clinton seems to admit that they were wrong in calling jihadist the “moral equivalent of America’s forefathers”. So yes it will take time. But in the end we will emerge stronger.

    Regards for your Best wishes
    A Pakistani living in PakistanRecommend

  • Parvez
    Aug 11, 2016 - 3:27PM

    Possibly if the law enforcers and the judiciary gave speedy, across-the-board justice….incidents like this would drastically reduce. Recommend

  • Iqbal Hadi Zaidi
    Aug 11, 2016 - 5:09PM

    Devil dare are not awed whatsoever as instead of going into hiding they very much proved their presence and might which should be an open challenge for our army, intelligence agencies and police. Thanks Allah, none is killed and seriously injured. PM has chalked out his plan named NAP which has the blessings of all including army and political parties which is very much commendable and I wish we succeed in eliminating these outlawed, aameen. Iqbal Hadi ZaidiRecommend

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