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Death toll rises to 40 in Pakistan's suicide blast

09-03-2010 20:35 BJT

QUETTA, Pakistan, Sept.3 (Xinhua) -- At least 40 people were killed and over 100 others injured in a Friday afternoon suicide blast that took place in Pakistan's southwest city of Quetta, reported local media.

People transfer an injured to an ambulance after the suicide blast in Quetta,
Pakistan, Sept. 3, 2010. At least 40 people were killed and over 100 others
injured in a Friday afternoon suicide blast that took place in Pakistan's
southwest city of Quetta. (Xinhua/Iqbal Hussain)

According to the reports, the blast occurred at about 3:05 pm when a suicide bomber blew himself up among a rally at the Meezan Chowk area of Quetta city. The rally is reportedly gathered to show the support for the Palestinian people. An estimated 2,500 people reportedly took part in the rally, said an eyewitness, adding that the rally is organized by Shia muslims.

On Wednesday night, a massive attack targetting Shia Muslims took place in Pakistan's eastern city of Lahore, during which at least two suicide bombers blew themselves up among hundreds of thousands of Shia Muslims who were marching on the streets in the city to mark the death anniversary of Ali, the son-in-law of Prophet Muhammad , killing at least 37 people and injuring over 200 others.

Punjab-based terrorist group named Lashkar-e-Jhangvi which comprises Sunni Muslims later claimed the responsibility for the deadly attack.

Shortly after today's blast in Quetta, police have cordoned off the area and reportedly fired in the air to hold back people who tried to enter the blast site in fear of possible attack by angry people who have lost their beloved ones in the blast as it did happen following Wednesday night's blasts in Lahore.

All the injured people have reportedly been shifted to different hospitals in the city. At least four media people who were present to cover the rally were also injured, sources in Quetta told Xinhua.

So far no group has claimed responsibility for the attack yet.


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