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article imagePakistan rattled by Quetta blasts and hospital seized

By Abdul Kuddus     Jun 15, 2013 in World
Quetta - At least 25 people were killed in southwest Pakistan Saturday when militants blew up a bus carrying women students and attacked a hospital treating survivors.
In a ghastly attack, militants in western Pakistan bombed a bus filled with women students on Saturday. Later a bomb ripped through the casualty ward of Bolan Medical Complex in Quetta where survivors of the attack were being treated, Reuters reported.
The first blast targeted a bus at Sardar Bahadur Khan Women’s University, killing at least 11 students and injuring dozens. Another explosion went off later at the hospital.
Armed militants then captured different parts of the hospital complex and positioned on rooftops, according to reports. Reportedly, they were holed up in the emergency ward of the hospital by security forces.
Security forces forced their way into the Bolan Medical Complex, where patients and staff were trapped. The siege of a hospital ended after security forces stormed the building.
At least 25 people have been killed and 27 injured.
Pakistan's interior minister, Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan said security forces freed 35 people trapped inside the building, killed four of the attackers and arrested another.
There’s still no information about the identity of the attackers and no one has claimed responsibility for the attack, he added.
Quetta, the capital of Baluchistan has been the hotspot of sectarian violence and separatist insurgency. The Hazara minority Muslims have been the target of shootings and bombings by Lashkar-e-Jhangvi (LEJ), a militant group which spearheads a hate campaign against the Shia Muslim minority.
Saturday's attack was the most lethal since bombings in Quetta killed almost 200 people in January . Reportedly the students on the bus were from various ethnic groups, including Hazaras.
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