Published: Вс, Апреля 14, 2019
Worldwide | By Myra Stephens

Pakistan Bomb Blast: IS Claims Responsibility for Attack in Quetta

Pakistan Bomb Blast: IS Claims Responsibility for Attack in Quetta

Yesterday, a little known faction of the Pakistani Taliban claimed responsibility for the blast, saying it collaborated with Lashkar-e-Jhangvi (LeJ), which has been behind numerous bloody attacks on Shia Muslims in Pakistan.

A suicide bombing tore through a vegetable market in a Shi'ite Hazara neighborhood of the north Pakistani city of Quetta on Friday morning, killing at least 20 people and wounding 40 others.

The attack came after a lull in violence against the mainly Shi'ite Hazara minority in Baluchistan lasting at least a year, though there have been isolated shootings.

A city police official, AbdulRazzaqCheema, said he has confirmed 16 deaths.

No individual or group has so far claimed responsibility for the attack.

Deputy Inspector General of Quetta Police Abdul Razzaq Cheema said the blast targeted the Hazara community of minority Shiite Muslims, and at least eight people from Hazara community were among the killed.

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After several attacks, the local administration increased security in Hazara neighbourhoods and ordered security forces to escort members of the community to the markets.

Meanwhile, several people protested on the Western Bypass in Quetta for the second day after the attack to demand security to the community and punishment to the perpetrators of the crime.

The community has been targeted many times in recent years by Sunni militant groups. The same practice was followed on Friday, but the blast took place in the market. "Each time, there are promises that more will be done to protect them, and each time those promises have failed to materialise".

Qadir Nayil, a leader of the Hazara community, asked the government to provide better protection for the Shiites.

According to the report, Pakistan's Prime Minister Imran Khan condemned the blast and sought an inquiry report of the attack.

Violence in Pakistan has dropped significantly since the country's deadliest-ever militant attack - an assault on a school in the northwestern city of Peshawar in 2014 that killed more than 150 people, majority children.

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