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At least 93 dead and dozens injured in Pakistan after bomb rips through hospital in Quetta

15:25, Monday, 08 August, 2016
At least 93 dead and dozens injured in Pakistan after bomb rips through hospital in Quetta

At least 93 people including lawyers and journalists were killed in a suspected suicide bomb attack outside a Pakistan hospital on Monday morning.

The large explosion at the gates of Quetta civil hospital in Balochistan took place as dozens gathered to mourn the shooting of a senior lawyer, who was killed earlier on Monday.

Hospital sources confirmed an initial death toll of 93 to The Telegraph, adding that at least 56 people were injured, some of them critically.

Nawaz Sharif, Pakistan’s prime minister, condemned the attacks. "No-one will be allowed to disturb the peace of the province," he said. "The people, policy and security forces in Balochistan have given sacrifices for the country."

Abdul Malik, a former chief minister of Balochistan province, of which Quetta is the capital, termed Monday the “blackest day” in the history of the region.

The killings have not been claimed, but appear to be part of a wider pattern of targeted attacks on lawyers and other professionals in Balochistan.

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