QUETTA: A remote-controlled bomb targeting Shiite Muslims killed 52 people including women and children and wounded 200 in Pakistan’s insurgency-hit southwest yesterday, police and officials said.
The bomb exploded in a bazaar in Hazara town, an area dominated by Shiites on the outskirts of Quetta, capital of oil and gas rich Baluchistan province.
Fayyaz Ahmad, a senior police official, told AFP the death toll is increasing, and at least 52 people were killed in the bomb blast.
Wazir Khan Nasir, a senior police officer in Quetta, said the bomb also left 200 people wounded, saying it was a sectarian attack, and the Shiite community was the target.
A spokesman for the banned Sunni Muslim extremist group Lashkar-e-Jhangvi claimed responsibility for the attack.