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Death toll in Pakistan attacks climbs to 56

Death toll in Pakistan attacks climbs to 56”

There were conflicting claims of responsibility for this attack from different extremist groups.

A suicide bomber yesterday blew up his explosives-laden auto near Inspector General of Police Ehsan Mehboob's office in Quetta, the capital of Balochistan province, killing at least 13 people, including seven policemen, and wounding 21 others.

That attack was claimed by both the Islamic State and an offshoot of the Taliban.

Many people were at the market buying food for iftar, the evening meal with which Muslims break the daily fast during the holy month of Ramadan.

Correction: June 23, 2017A previous edition of this article misstated when the bombing occurred in relation to Eid-al-Fitr.

Superintendent of Police Asif Ahmad said an assistant sub-inspector was among those who were killed in the attack.

Earlier in March, at least 24 people were killed and more than 90 injured in a bombing outside an imambargah located in a busy Parachinar market.

Shahid Khan, a government official in Parachinar, confirmed the toll Saturday, saying residents who had been preparing to celebrate the end of Ramadan were now in mourning.

At least 13 bodies were taken to hospital, along with 19 wounded people, said Wasim Baig, a spokesman for the Civil Hospital in Quetta.

TV footage showed several badly damaged cars and a road littered with broken glass. Asad Mansoor, spokesman for Jamaat-ul-Ahrar, vowed more such attacks.

The United States has condemned the terrorist attacks in Pakistan and said that it would continue to work with Islamabad to combat the threat of terrorism.

A powerful bomb went off near the office of the provincial police chief in southwest Pakistan on Friday, causing casualties, police said. Later Friday, the IS group said in a competing claim that it was behind the attack, adding that one of its followers targeted the police post in Quetta, detonating his suicide belt there.

On Thursday, Pakistan said that an Indian naval officer, Kulbhushan Jadhav, who was sentenced to death by a Pakistani military court on charges of espionage and sabotage, had petitioned for mercy.

In New Delhi, the Ministry of External Affairs insisted Jadhav was sentenced on "concocted charges" and expressed doubts about the existence of the petition for mercy. The province is the base of a separatist movement as well as home to the Taliban and other militant Islamist groups.

President Mamnoon Hussain, Senate Chairman Raza Rabbani, Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif, Governor Balochistan Muhammad Khan Achakzai and former president Asif Ali Zardari, among others, also condemned the attack.



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