QUETTA: At least 38 persons were killed and around 30 others injured in a bomb blast in Civil Hospital Quetta, hospital sources said, ARY News reported.
Earlier in the morning unknown armed men killed Balochistan Bar President Bilal Anwar Kasi at Mannu Jan Road of Quetta. The dead body of the prominent lawyer was transferred to Civil Hospital. A large number of lawyers were reached Civil Hospital to receive the mortal remains of Bilal Anwar Kasi when the deadly blast hit them at casualty department of the hospital leaving 38 persons dead.
Former president Balochistan Bar Association Baz Mohammad Kakar, who was injured in the bomb attack, succumbed to his injuries in the hospital.
Two newsmen also said to be missing after the blast near casualty department of the hospital that rocked the city.
Earlier, Kasi was on his way to court from home when unidentified armed men shot him dead on Mannu Jan Road of the city, police sources said.
It was second incident of targeted killing of a lawyer in Quetta in a span of few days.
Shahzad Ahmed, a cameraman of Aaj television channel, succumbed to his injuries in hospital. Two journalists present at the hospital were also said to be untraced after the bomb blast.
A large number of lawyers and newsmen were present in the hospital after killing of the Bar president Bilal Kasi when the bomb device went off at the casualty department of the hospital. The injured included lawyers and other people present at the hospital.
Around 30 persons said to be injured some of them have been in critical condition. The injured have been transferred to Bolan Medical College Hospital and Combined Military Hospital apart of the Civil Hospital Quetta.
Local administration has declared emergency in all hospitals of Quetta and cancelled leaves of doctors and para-medical staff after the terrorist attack that severely bruised normal life in the city.
Balochistan Home Minister Sarfaraz Bugti has announced to launch a crackdown against terrorists in the province.
The Commissioner of Quetta has said that the deadly bomb blast likely to be a suicide attack.
The city’s traders have announced shutter down on Tuesday (tomorrow) to mourn the deadly incident in Quetta.
Quetta, the seat of government of Balochistan province, remains a regular target of terrorist attacks.