At least 57 people die in shootout & blast in Quetta

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Quetta: Fatal shooting of a senior Lawyer first, and then a massive blast at the entrance gate to emergency department of Civil Hospital where some 200 people gathered including members Balochistan Bar Association, Lawyers, Journalists, Family Members, Friends and other Sympathizers targeted in a explosion leaving at least 57 people dead and over 60 injured in troubled province of Balochistan on Monday.

Bilal Anwar Kasi, President of the Balochistan Bar Association, was the main target who killed during a shootout when he was on his way to the main court complex in Quetta.

Soon after the incident, Lawyers, Journalists, Family members, and Friends rushed Civil Hospital when the body of slain lawyer shifted where a huge blast rocked the city.

Gunfire followed the explosion. However, nothing has surfaced regarding the motive of attacks and people behind it.

Video footages in social media emerged depicting dead bodies, blood on floor some smoking behind, glasses shattered while injured chanting for help.

The police, initially, have suspected the bomb was donated by a suicide attacker. The lawyers in the province, for past few months, have been repeatedly targeted in the province.

The Federal Government has declared one-day countrywide mourning while the Provincial Government has announced three-day mourning over the loss of human lives.

So far, two journalists and 18 lawyers have been confirmed among the killed in aftermath of attack, while, a huge number of people including staff workers, and other professional are injured.

People were seen crying, mourning, and hitting their heads due to grief and shock.

General Raheel Sharif, Chief of Pakistan Army Staff, visited the hospital and condemned the attacks. Meanwhile, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif postponed all his meetings and on way to arrive Quetta.

Officials said mobile jammers had been activated around the hospital by deactivating all cellular communication as a precautionary measure. Furthermore, the military personals have been deployed in the city.

Facebook has activated its safety check feature for Quetta, allowing users to mark themselves or others as being safe.

There was no immediate claims of responsibility for either the blast or the shooting of the lawyer. But militant groups in the province routinely target security forces and government installations.
Balochistan, which borders Iran and Afghanistan, has major oil and gas resources but is afflicted by Islamist militancy, sectarian violence between Sunni and Shiite Muslims and a separatist insurgency.

Source: Online

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