At least 12 people were killed and over 40 others injured on Friday in a alleged suicide blast at a pageant orderly by Shia students at Quetta in Pakistan’s southwest and 2 other terror attacks in the northwest, the newest in a wave of attacks aiming religious minorities .
More than a few reporters and TV cameramen were with those injured when the blast ripped through the rally of Shia students at Meezan Chowk, a full of activity square in Quetta, the capital of Balochistan province, soon before 3 p.m. local time.
Geo News, ARY News and Dawn News channels said their reporters and cameramen were with over 40 hurt in the powerful blast that left 10 people dead.
The parade was orderd by the Imamia Students’ Organisation to mark al-Quds Day and express harmony with the people of Palestine.
No group demanded liability for the attack.
Police told the media that the march may have been under attack by a suicide bomber.
Witnesses said the great blast was heard from more than a few kilometres away. They also said they had seen blood and body parts at the site of the explosion.
Angry members of the march opened fire after the blast.
There were reports that some marchers and police switch over fire. A mob set on fire more than a few shops and buildings near the site of the blast.
Recording on television illustrated thick black smoke growing over the area as people hurried the injured to hospitals in private vehicles.
The bang caused extensive tension across Quetta, which has been affected by ethnic and sectarian tensions over the past few months.
One person was killed and two more were injured when a suicide bomber embattled an Ahmedi mosque at Mardan, also in northwest Pakistan.
No group claimed liability for both attacks.
Today’s strike were the latest in a wave of attack aiming spiritual minorities.