Suicide bomber kills 70 in hospital attack
A SUICIDE bomber in Pakistan has killed at least 70 people and injured dozens more in an attack on mourners gathered at a hospital in Quetta.
The bomber struck as more than 100 mourners, mostly lawyers and journalists, crowded into the emergency department to accompany the body of a prominent lawyer who had been killed in the city earlier in the day.
Bilal Anwar Kasi was shot while on his way to the city's main court complex, and the subsequent suicide attack appeared to target his mourners, a spokesman for the Baluchistan government said.
"It seems it was a pre-planned attack," Anwar ul Haq Kakar said.
Abdul Rehman Miankhel, a senior official at the government-run Civil Hospital, where the explosion occurred, told reporters at least 70 people had been killed, with more than 112 injured as the casualty toll spiked from initial estimates.
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