Quetta:A suicide attack 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 murdered colleague, has killed at least 65 people and wounded more than 100.
Mohammed Omar Baloch, health secretary of Balochistan, had earlier said 75 people were killed in the blast on Monday.
Balochistan Home Minister Sarfraz 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.”
Many of the dead appeared to be wearing black suits and ties.The 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 died from his injuries, was the former president of theBalochistan Bar Association. He had been on his way to work when he was attacked.
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. That cameraman was named by local media as Aaj TV’s Shehzad Khan.
Speaking to reporters, Balochistan Chief Minister Sanaullah Zehri blamed Indian intelligence agency Research & Analysis Wing (RAW) for involvement in the hospital blast.
He claimed that India is financially supporting terror elements to sabotage peace in the province.
“I have the evidence of RAW‘s involvement in Quetta‘s attack which I will share with Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and the foreign ministry,