Pakistan: Over 60 killed in blast at Quetta hospital
Aug.8, Islamabad: A blast at the accident and emergency department of a hospital in Pakistan's Quetta, where a group of lawyers were gathered to support a slain colleague, has killed and wounded several, reports said.
More than 60 people were killed in the blast on Monday, the Dawn newspaper reported, citing the Balochistan Home Minister Sarfaraz Bugti. At least 30 people were wounded.
Bugti said: "The blast occurred after a number of lawyers and some journalists had gathered at the hospital following the death of the president of the Balochistan Bar Association in a separate shooting incident early this morning."
The group of lawyers were at the unit because earlier in the day armed men had shot Bilal Anwar Kasi, reports said. Kasi, who later succumbed to his injuries, was the former president of the Balochistan Bar Association.
Several people were wounded as they rushed to leave the hospital, Dawn reported.
Pakistani media said that journalists were among those wounded, with at least one cameraman killed.
The Oslo Times International News Network