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23 April, Tuesday


Bomb attack at market in Pakistan's Balochistan appears to target Shiites

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A bomb went off at an open-air market in the southwestern Pakistani city of Quetta, capital of Baluchistan province, on Friday, killing at least 16 people and wounding 30, in an attack that officials said appeared to be aimed at minority Shiite Muslims.

"It seems people from the [Shiite] Hazara community were the target," said senior police chief Abdur Razzaq Cheema.

The explosive device was hidden between sacks of potatoes, in Hazar Ganji, a fruit and vegetable market on the outskirts of the city

Hazara makes up roughly 500,000 of Quetta's population of 2.3 million. They are so frequently targeted that they are given police protection at the market.

"The same happened today, there were police… guarding them when the blast occurred," said Mohsin Butt, provincial police chief for Balochistan.

At least eight Shiites were among the dead, along with a paramilitary soldier and seven other people. Four troops who were guarding the market were among the wounded.

 

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