Hospital Bombing in Pakistani City of Quetta Kills at Least 54

From NY Times:

At least 54 people were killed on Monday in the restive Pakistani city of Quetta when an explosion, apparently caused by a suicide bomber, struck a hospital where dozens of lawyers had gathered to condemn the killing of a prominent colleague.

Officials in the southwestern city said that at least 50 people were wounded, most of them critically, and that the death toll was likely to rise.

Quetta is the capital of Baluchistan, a province bordering Afghanistan and Iran that has been a center separatist and sectarian violence for more than a decade. Much of the violence in Quetta has come from sectarian extremist groups that have targeted Hazaras, a mostly Shiite ethnic minority that makes up a large part of Quetta’s population.

Quetta has a large contingent of civil security and paramilitary forces, and the authorities have claimed in recent months that they have brought some semblance of normalcy to the city. But the bombing on Monday showed that the militant threat there is far from solved.


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