Quetta (Pakistan), Aug.8 : The death toll from Monday's suicide bomb blast at the Quetta Civil Hospital has risen to 53.
According to the Dawn, many other people were injured in the attack. So far, there has been no claim of responsibility for the blast, which occurred at the gates of the building housing the emergency ward.
Bomb Disposal Squad officials confirmed the explosion was a suicide bombing. Balochistan Chief Minister Sanaullah Zehri was quoted by the Geo News television channel as saying that India's external intelligence agency - the Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) -- was behind the terror incidents in Quetta.
The CM shared this statement with the media before initial investigations into the blast were completed, and before the nature of the blast was confirmed.
The bomber struck as more than 100 mourners, mostly lawyers and journalists, crowded into the emergency department to accompany the body of Advocate Bilal Anwar Kasi, Faridulla.
While a security alert has been announced, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has expressed his "deep grief and anguish over the loss of precious human lives" in the attack.