At least 20 people were killed by a suicide bomb attack and 48 were injured when they targeted the Shia Hazara in a crowded market in Pakistan's city of Quetta.
QUETTA, Pakistan – On Friday, a suicide bomber targeted an open-air market in the southwestern Pakistani city of Quetta. At least 20 people were killed and dozens of people were injured, said police and hospital.
Shortly after the bombing near a Shiite neighborhood, dozens of angry Shiite youths gathered in Quetta calling for more security from the authorities and arrest for the attacks.
They also condemned the violence of Sunni extremists who killed hundreds of similar attacks in recent years in Balochistan province, where Quetta is the capital.
"It seems that people from the (Shiite) Hazara community have their destination," said chief police chief Abdur Razzaq Cheema, adding that some of the victims were in critical condition.
Mir Ziaullah Langau, the provincial minister of the interior, said the suicide bomber had gone to the marketplace and killed both the Shiites and Sunnis.
No group immediately took responsibility for the attack that was taking place in the Hazarganji area, but Sunni militant groups have in the past called for similar bomb attacks against Shiites, who consider them apostate renegades. Cheema, the chief of police, said at least eight Shiites are among the dead, as well as a paramilitary soldier and seven others. Among the wounded were four paramilitary troops guarding the fruit and vegetable market in the open air.
Local TV recordings showed several damaged shops and at least one paramilitary vehicle. A wounded man told reporters from his hospital bed that he had heard a loud explosion before being knocked down.
Qadir Nayil, a leader of the Hazara community, asked the government to better protect the Shiites.
Again our people were the target and again we have to bury our loved ones, "he said." We demand more security from the government and all those involved in today's terrorist act should be found and punished. "
Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan and President Arif Alvi have issued statements condemning the attack, adding that this "would not weaken the weak point" would strengthen the nation's determination to fight terrorism. "
Jam Kamal Khan, supreme Minister of Balochistan, condemned the attack and said that the enemy of mankind was to blame. Hours after the Quetta attack A roadside bomb exploded in front of a shop in the southwestern border town of Chama, killing one person and injuring another 10, police and hospitals said.
In Balochistan, several militant groups are also operating, which are also at a low level. Rebellion by separatists demanding more autonomy and having a greater share of the region's natural resources such as gas and oil.
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