Balochistan

IS claims latest Quetta bomb attack that targeted ‘judge’

Quetta-IS

ISLAMABAD: The Islamic State group said on Friday it was behind a roadside bomb that injured 14 in the Pakistani city of Quetta, the SITE Intelligence Group said, days after a major attack in the city killed 74.

The latest explosion on a bridge in the south-western city on Thursday injured four police personnel and nine passers-by, in an attack apparently targeting a judge.

SITE reported that the IS group claimed the attack on its Telegram channel, al-Bayan Radio and Twitter.

The attack came just days after a suicide bombing at a hospital on Monday also claimed by the IS group killed 73 people, most of them senior lawyers gathered to mourn a colleague gunned down earlier in the day.

Quetta is the capital of the mineral-rich province of Balochistan, which is plagued by roiling insurgencies, hit by regular militant attacks and run by political leaders accused of corruption.

Lawyers are among the only people shining a spotlight on the province’s many problems and have come under frequent attack.

Monday’s bombing was also claimed by the Jamaat-ul-Ahrar faction of the Pakistani Taliban and analysts have been unclear on whose claim was more credible.

Islamic State militants have been struggling to gain a foothold in Pakistan, facing competition from well-established extremist groups such as the Pakistani Taliban.

Comments

comments

Copyright © 2016 ARYNEWS.tv

To Top