ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — A strong bomb went off at an open-air market within the southwestern metropolis of Quetta, Pakistan, on Friday, killing at the very least 16 individuals and injuring a number of others, police and hospital officers stated.
The bombing came about close to an space the place many minority Shiite Muslims reside, stated Abdur Razzaq Cheema, a senior police chief.
He stated the authorities had transported the lifeless and injured to hospitals, the place a few of them have been listed in important situation.
“Emergency has been declared at hospitals and it appears individuals from the Hazara group have been the goal,” he stated, referring to members of the ethnic group.
Not less than eight Shiites have been among the many lifeless, he stated. One paramilitary soldier and 7 different individuals have been additionally killed within the bombing, he added. TV footage confirmed a number of broken outlets.
No group has instantly claimed duty for the assault, however outlawed Sunni extremist teams have stated they have been behind related assaults up to now. Sunni extremists view Shiites as apostates deserving of dying.
Jam Kamal Khan, the chief minister of Baluchistan Province, condemned the bombing, saying that “the enemy of humanity is behind this act of terrorism.” He stated he had ordered the authorities to offer the very best therapy to these wounded.
Quetta is the capital of Baluchistan, which is also the scene of a low-level insurgency by separatists demanding extra autonomy and a better share within the area’s pure assets, similar to gasoline and oil.