At least 40 people have been killed and 50 others injured on Monday morning when a blast tore through a hospital in Quetta in Pakistan’s southwestern Balochistan region. Most of the victims are lawyers and journalists.
The impact happened soon after several legal advisors and journalists assembled in Quetta’s Civil Hospital to dissent and grieve the slaughtering of their provincial bar associations president in an early morning drive-by shooting by obscure shooters.
Pakistan authorities said two unidentified men opened fire at Advocate Kasi’s auto close to Quetta’s Mengal Chowk on Manno Jan street as he left his home in the morning for work. The former president was moved to Civil Hospital, where he succumbed to wounds.
Commenting on the episode, the provincial government spokesperson, Anwar ul-Haq Kakar said;
“Sadly today one of our exceptionally distinguished attorneys, Bilal Anwar Kasi, was targeted and he was proclaimed dead in the early hours of Monday morning. When his dead body was received by the lawyer group, there was a tremendous explosion. As a result we have a huge number of injuries and numerous deaths”, he said.
No one has claimed responsibility regarding the attacks so far. A state of emergency has been announced in hospital centers across the city of Quetta.