Blasts rock Pak, 12 killed, over 40 injured
At least 12 people were killed and over 40 others injured today in a suspected suicide blast at a procession organised by Shia students at Quetta in Pakistan's southwest and two other terror attacks in the northwest, the latest in a wave of strikes targeting religious minorities.world Updated: Sep 03, 2010 17:04 IST
At least 12 people were killed and over 40 others injured on Friday in a suspected suicide blast at a procession organised by Shia students at Quetta in Pakistan's southwest and two other terror attacks in the northwest, the latest in a wave of strikes targeting religious minorities.
Several reporters and TV cameramen were among those injured when the blast ripped through the rally of Shia
students at Meezan Chowk, a busy square in Quetta, the capital of Balochistan province, shortly before 3 pm local time.
Geo News, ARY News and Dawn News channels said their reporters and cameramen were among over 40 injured in the powerful blast that left 10 people dead.
The procession was organised by the Imamia Students' Organisation to mark al-Quds Day and express solidarity with
the people of Palestine.
No group claimed responsibility for the attack.
Police told the media that the procession may have been targeted by a suicide bomber.
Witnesses said the powerful blast was heard from several kilometres away. They also said they had seen blood and body parts at the site of the explosion.
Angry members of the procession opened fire after the blast.
There were reports that some marchers and police exchanged fire. A mob set on fire several shops and buildings
near the site of the blast.
Footage on television showed thick black smoke rising over the area as people rushed the injured to hospitals in
The explosion caused widespread tension across Quetta, which has been affected by ethnic and sectarian tensions over
the past few months.
Shia Muslims organise rallies across Pakistan on the last Friday of the holy month of Ramazan to show solidarity with
the people of Palestine.
Earlier in the day, militants targeted a police van with a roadside bomb on the outskirts of Peshawar in northwest
Pakistan, killing a constable and injuring three others.
One person was killed and two more were injured when a suicide bomber targeted an Ahmedi mosque at Mardan, also in northwest Pakistan.
No group claimed responsibility for both attacks.
Today's attacks were the latest in a wave of assaults targeting religious minorities.
Nearly 40 people were killed when two suicide bombers targeted a Shia procession in Lahore on Wednesday. Taliban
commander Qari Hussain, considered the trainer of suicide bombers, claimed responsibility for that attack.
First Published: Sep 03, 2010 11:59 IST