63 killed in Quetta’s hospital suicide blast following lawyer’s killing

Quetta, (Pakistan): At least 63 people were killed and over 40 others injured in Monday's suicide bomb blast at the Quetta Civil Hospital.

The blast occurred as mourners gathered at the hospital following the shooting of president of Balochistan Bar Association Advocate Bilal Anwar Kasi by unidentified assailants in Quetta, reports the Express Tribune.

While a heavy contingent of Frontier Corps and police arrived and cordoned off the hospital following the blast.

Kasi was targeted by two unidentified gunmen who opened fire on his car near Quetta's Mengal Chowk and was shifted to Civil Hospital, where he succumbed to injuries.

The subsequent suicide attack appeared to target his mourners. Anwar ul Haq Kakar, a spokesperson for the Balochistan government, said that it seems it was a pre-planned attack.

Following the blast, Army chief General Raheel Sharif also arrived at the Hospital Quetta and inquired after the injured victims of Quetta blast.

He also directed the authorities concerned to provide best medical care to those admitted at the hospital.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Nawaz has cancelled all prior commitments and has departed for Quetta, where he is set to visit the injured and also hold a meeting regarding the security situation in Quetta.

Source: ANI