A civil judge, five lawyers and some of the relatives of prisoners on trial were among those killed in the bomb blast.- CBS
A Pakistani policeman looks at bloodstained documents scattered on the floor of a court after a bomb blast in Quetta. A suicide bomber has killed at least 15 people, including a senior judge, when he blew himself up inside a court in southwest Pakistan.(AFP/Banaras Khan)
A suicide bomber killed at least 15 including the judge when he blew himself up inside of a Pakistani courtroom:
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Dozens of people were injured in the blast, which officials suspect is linked to a wave of recent suicide attacks in Pakistan blamed on pro-Taliban militants angry at President Pervez Mushaharf’s support for the US-led war on terror.
The explosion took place in the compound of district courts, also housing some police offices, in Quetta, capital of Baluchistan province bordering insurgency-plagued southern Afghanistan and Iran.
“The bomber entered the courtroom, stood leaning against a wall and detonated,” Baluchistan police chief Tariq Khosa told AFP on Saturday.
Khosa said Judge Wahid Durrani and several lawyers and court officials were among the dead.
“We have found a severed head with a partly undamaged face and we believe it is of the suicide bomber,” Khosa said, adding that forensic experts were working on the scene to collect more evidence.
A doctor at Quetta’s main hospital said at least ten of the injured were in a critical condition.
“The condition of ten injured is very serious, they have severe burn injuries,” said Ahmed Khan. He added other casualties have suffered multiple broken bones and shrapnel wounds.
Pakistani paramilitary soldiers stand guard on a street in Quetta. At least 10 people have been killed and scores injured by a powerful bomb exploision near a court in Pakistan’s southwestern city of Quetta. (AFP)
Pakistan’s security forces are already on high alert, following three suicide bomb attacks in the region in recent weeks. (BBC, Rumella Dasgupta)