Pakistan: ISIL and Taliban claim suicide bombing in Quetta hospital
Aug.9, Quetta: A Pakistani Taliban faction and the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) have both claimed responsibility for the suicide attack at a hospital in Pakistan's Quetta city that left at least 70 people dead, reports said.
Monday's attack targeted a group of mourning lawyers, who had gathered at the emergency department of the hospital to accompany the body of a murdered colleague.
The group's spokesman Ehsanullah Ehsan said in an email that: "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." ISIL, also claimed responsibility for the attack.
"A martyr from the Islamic State [of Iraq and the Levant] detonated his explosive belt at a gathering of justice ministry employees and Pakistani policemen in the city of Quetta," the armed group's Amaq news agency reported.
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 Oslo Times International News Network