16 killed in bomb blast in Pakistan's Quetta city

Lester Mason
April 14, 2019

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.

The militant Islamic State (IS) on Saturday claimed the attack on a vegetable and fruit market in Quetta in Pakistan's southwest Balochistan province, which left 20 people dead and 48 others injured.

Provincial police chief Mohsin Butt said eight Hazara were among the victims.

The blast targeted the Hazarganji neighborhood of Quetta, senior police official Abdul Razaq Cheema said.

There was no official confirmation from the Pakistani side yet.

The blast took place at Hazar Ganji, a fruit and vegetable market on the outskirts of Quetta.

No group has immediately claimed responsibility for the attack but outlawed Sunni extremist groups have claimed similar attacks in the past.

Later, Balochistan home minister Mir Zia Ullah Langove said at a press conference that it was a suicide bombing.

Shortly after the bombing, struck near a Shiite residential area, dozens of angry Shiite youths rallied in Quetta, demanding more security from the authorities and the arrest of those behind the attacks.

Hazaras have been frequently targeted by Taleban and Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) militants and other Sunni Muslim militant groups in both Pakistan and Afghanistan.

According to the NCHR, targeted killings, suicide attacks and bomb blasts have inflicted harm to daily life, education, and business activities of ethnic Hazara community members in Balochistan's largest city Quetta.

The sit-in started soon after the suicide blast ripped through the Hazarganj market early Friday morning. "Each time there are promises that more will be done to protect them, and each time those promises have failed to materialise", Omar Waraich, an official of rights group Amnesty International, said in a statement.

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

Hazaras make up a significant minority group in Pakistan and majority live in Quetta.

"Prime Minister Imran Khans government has made important commitments to protect all religious groups".

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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