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Unfortunately, we must once again report of a horrific suicide bombing attack in Pakistan – this one killing 70 people, and injuring over a hundred in what is being described as “one of the worst attacks in the country’s history.”
CNN reports, At least 70 people — many of them believed to be lawyers and journalists — were killed in a blast at a hospital in northwestern Pakistan, a regional official said.
The explosion also injured at least 112 others, said Rehmat Baloch, the health minister of Balochistan province.
The blast took place at 9:30 a.m. local time (12.30 a.m. ET) Monday in the city of Quetta. The explosion rocked the emergency ward of the civil hospital, Sarfaraz Bugti, Home Minister of Balochistan, told CNN.
There have been no claims of responsibility so far.
The attack happened after many lawyers and journalists had gathered at the hospital following the death of prominent lawyer Bilal Kasi, who had been killed in a shooting earlier in the day.
The body of Kasi, who was the Balochistan Bar Association president, had been brought to the hospital following the shooting — prompting many fellow lawyers and members of the media to also converge there.
Kasi’s attackers have not been identified.
“This brutal and senseless attack on civilians, so many of them lawyers working to bring justice to their country, will not undermine one of the most important pillars of Pakistan’s democracy and civil society,” said American Ambassador to Pakistan David Hale in a statement.
Sadly, it appears these “brutal and senseless attacks” already have. In case he hasn’t noticed, “democracy and civil society” is now completely under siege…and right here in the United States as well.
[Note: This article was compiled by Michele Hickford]