Pakistan blasts: Scores killed at Quetta snooker hall
Twin blasts at a snooker hall in the south-western Pakistani city of Quetta have killed 81 people and injured more than 120, police say.
Many of the casualties were caused by the second blast as police and media rushed to the scene.
The bombed area is predominantly Shia Muslim, and the Sunni extremist group, Lashkar-e-Jhangvi, said it had carried out the attack.
Earlier, a bomb in a market area killed 11 people and injured 27 more.
A spokesman for another militant group, the United Baloch Army, said it had carried out that attack.
Balochistan is plagued by both a separatist rebellion and sectarian infighting between Sunnis and Shias.
The Taliban and armed groups that support them also carry out attacks in the province, particularly in areas near the Afghan border. Pakistan’s military has been engaged in a long-running battle against those militant groups.
now and then i will report on bomb attacks in the central asia region..this was particularly violent..with a second bomb going off as the first responders arrive..
as i was told yesterday..the sadness here is that its reported as shias killed instead of pakistanis killed..and thats the crux of it..