Bomb Blasts Kill 120 in Pakistan Including 86 at Snooker Hall


An injured man lies in a hospital after the second bomb blast in Quetta on Thursday. Twin explosions in different parts of the city, including one outside of a pool hall, killed dozens of people. (Naseer Ahmed/Reuters)

Over 120 were murdered on Thursday in bombing attacks in Pakistan. It was one of the deadliest single days of terrorism in the country.
The Evening Standard reported:

Funerals for victims of a series of bombings in Pakistan were taking place today, as the death toll rose to 120.

Three days of mourning have been declared after one of the deadliest single days of terrorism in the country.

Five more victims wounded in the blast at a snooker hall in the city of Quetta died overnight. It took the number of people killed in that attack to 86, Pakistani police said.

The snooker hall was in a mainly Shia area of Quetta, the capital of Baluchistan province in south-west Pakistan. It was first targeted by a suicide bomber, then a car bomb exploded minutes later in the same area. Among those killed by the second blast was local rights activist Irfan Ali, who had reportedly been helping those hurt in the first blast.

Resident Ghulam Abbas said: “The second blast was a deafening one, and I fell down. I could hear cries and minutes later I saw ambulances taking the injured to the hospital.” Lashkar-e-Jhangvi, a Sunni militant group with strong ties to the Pakistani Taliban, claimed responsibility for the attack.

Earlier in the day, a bomb hidden in a bag went off near a vehicle carrying paramilitary soldiers in a commercial area of the city, killing 12 people and wounding more than 40.

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