At least 50 killed, 100 injured as blast hits Quetta civil hospital in Pakistan

At least 50 people were killed and over 100 others injured on Monday when a bomb ripped through a hospital in Quetta in Pakistan’s restive southwestern Balochistan province followed by gunfire.

First responders and volunteers transport the injured and dead away from the scene of a bomb blast outside a hospital in Quetta,

According to GeoTV, the explosion occurred after Balochistan Bar Association’s President Bilal Kasi was gunned down at Mano Jan Road.

Report said that the explosion took place when lawyers and journalists had gathered at the emergency department where Bilal Kasi’s body was brought.

Police said unknown men also opened fire after the blast.

“As many as 55 people have been killed and over 100 others are injured,” Balochistan government spokesman Anwarul Haq said. The condition of about 20 of those injured is said to be serious.

A journalist was among the deceased while another was critically injured, according to reports.

“This was a security lapse and I am having this personally investigated,” Balochistan Home Minister Sarfaraz Bugti said.

The law enforcement agencies and rescue teams immediately rushed to the blast site and shifted the injured to the hospital.

Quoting eyewitnesses, DailyPakistan reported that the blast took place at the entry gate of the accidents section of the hospital and gunshots were also fired after the bomb blast.

The provincial capital has been at the receiving end of several such acts of terror. In May, two persons were killed and five injured when an explosion occurred at the main entrance of Balochistan University.

So far, none of the groups involved in terrorist activities in Balochistan province have claimed responsibility .

(More details awaited)