Some of the victims of the bomb blast
An evil suicide bomber has killed at least 60 people in a massive blast after entering the emergency department of a hospital in Pakistan’s Quetta, where a group of mourning lawyers were gathered to accompany the body of a murdered colleague.
Aljazeera reports that Mohammed Omar Baloch, health secretary of Balochistan, had earlier said 75 people were killed in the blast on Monday.
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 the president of the Balochistan Bar Association in a separate shooting incident early this morning.”
Many of the dead appeared to be wearing black suits and ties.
The lawyers were at the unit because earlier in the day armed men, who are still unidentified, had shot Bilal Anwar Kasi, reports said. Kasi, who later died from his injuries, was the former president of the Balochistan Bar Association. He had been on his way to work when he was attacked.
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. That cameraman was named by local media as Aaj TV’s Shehzad Khan.
There were no immediate claims of responsibility for either attack.