Bomb rips Pakistan market, killing 63
By The Associated Press
Published: Saturday, Feb. 16, 2013, 8:12 p.m.
QUETTA, Pakistan — A bomb hidden in a water tank ripped through a crowded vegetable market in a mostly Shiite neighborhood in a southwestern Pakistani city on Saturday, killing at least 63 people and wounding about 180, officials said.
Police said many of those wounded in the explosion in Quetta were in critical condition. The blast, which police said targeted the country's minority Muslim sect, left many victims buried under rubble, but authorities did not know how many.
It was the deadliest blast since bombings in the same city killed 86 people earlier this year, leading to days of protests that eventually toppled the local government.
Shiites, a minority in this Sunni Muslim-dominated country, have been increasingly attacked by militant groups who view them as heretics and non-Muslims. Many of the Shiites in Quetta are Hazaras, an ethnic group that migrated to Pakistan from Afghanistan more than a century ago.
Quetta police Chief Zubair Mahmood said the bomb was hidden in a water tank and towed into the market by a tractor. The blast destroyed shops in the neighborhood and caused a two-story building to collapse, he said.
“We fear some victims may be found buried there,” he said.
Mahmood said police did not yet know who was behind the bombing, but a local television station reported that Lashker-e-Jhangvi, a Sunni extremist group that has targeted Shiites in the past, had called to claim responsibility.
An officer, Samiullah Khan, said the bomb was detonated while dozens of women and children were buying produce for their evening meal.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Man with stolen passport on lost jet was asylum seeker
- Ukraine’s Crimea seeks to become independent state
- Investigation into missing Malaysia flight centers on 2 men who boarded with stolen passports
- Israelis kill Jordanian judge at border checkpoint
- Ukraine control of bases erodes
- Van der Sloot to be extradited to U.S. in 2038
- Jailed Egyptian activists allege abuse by prison guards
- Taliban threatens to disrupt presidential election in Afghanistan
- Autopsy details sicken Pistorius
- Ukraine control of bases erodes
- Western Pennsylvania engineer aboard missing Malaysia Airlines flight