The death toll resulting from a spate of sectarian attack bombings in Quetta and Mingora Pakistan last night has risen to 115 and is deemed the bloodiest ever in the country’s recent history.
Civilians trading as fruit and vegetable hawkers, a child as well as journalists, rescue workers, paramilitary soldiers, residents and police were among the fatalities.
The spate of attacks occurred as a result of growing tensions between sectarian groups and the Pakistani government and its defense forces. These sectarian groups are the Taliban insurgency in the northwest, the Sunni extremist groups and the Baloch insurgency.
The blast that caused the most fatalities was detonated in Quetta via a suicide bomber at a snooker club.Minutes later a second blast detonated via a car bomb as onlookers swarmed the gruesome scene. Journalists, 20 rescue workers and nine police officers were killed during the second blast. The twin attack had occurred in a predominantly Shiite Muslim area.The Sunni extremist group, Lashkar-e-Jhangvi claimed responsibility for the attack.
Reports of a fatal explosion in a commercial area in Quetta earlier during the day was also recorded. According to Pakistani police, the blast had targeted paramilitary soldiers, killing 12 people and injuring 40. The United Baluch Army,an insurgent group, divulged to reporters that they were responsible for the blast.
Further blasts occurred in a Sunni mosque in the North in Mingora claiming the lives of over 20 people with more than 70 injuries. At the time of going to press, no insurgent group had claimed responsibility for the blast in Mingora.