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Pakistan: Blast at Quetta hospital after lawyer killed

At least 30 people killed in blast and several injured as suicide bomber targets gathering of lawyers in emergency room.

A blast at the accident and emergency department of a hospital in Pakistan’s Quetta, where a group of mourning lawyers were gathered to accompany the body of a slain colleague, has killed and wounded several.

At least 30 people were killed in the blast on Monday, Quetta police chief Zahoor Afridi told Al Jazeera.

At least 30 others were wounded, Balochistan Home Minister Sarfaraz Bugti said.

“The blast occurred after a number of lawyers and some journalists had gathered at the hospital following the death of the president of the Balochistan Bar Association in a separate shooting incident early this morning,” said Bugti.

According to an Al Jazeera reporter in Pakistan, the attack was carried out by a “suicide” bomber.

The group of lawyers were at the unit because earlier in the day armed men, who are still unidentified, had shot Bilal Anwar Kasi, reports said.

Kasi, who later succumbed to his injuries, was the former president of the Balochistan Bar Association.

Several people were wounded as they rushed to leave the hospital, Dawn reported.

Pakistani media said that journalists were among those wounded, with at least one cameraman killed. (Al-Jazeera)

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