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Pakistan: 93 killed in hospital blast

Several lawyers were reported injured in the explosion, say media reports

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Publish Date: Aug 8 2016 1:59PM | Updated Date: Aug 8 2016 4:27PM

Pakistan: 93 killed in hospital blast



At least 93 people were killed in a blast on Monday in a hospital in Pakistan's Quetta city after the murder of an advocate earlier in the day.

“The blast occurred when a number of lawyers and some journalists had gathered at the hospital following the death of president of the Balochistan Bar Association Bilal Anwar Kasi in a separate shooting incident earlier in the morning," said Balochistan Home Secretary Akbar Harifal.
Reports identified Kasi as former president of the Balochistan Bar Association.
It is being suspected that bomb attack was carried out by a suicide bomber, Balochistan Home Minister Sarfaraz Bugti was quoted as saying by a website.
Blast took place soon after lawyers arrived at the Civil Hospital when Kasi's body was brought in.
Several lawyers, including the former president of Balochistan Bar Association Baz Mohammad Kakar, were reported injured in the explosion.
TV reports said people exited the hospital in a state of chaos.
Reporters present at the premises also came in the line of fire and the cameraman for DawnNews was severely injured in the explosion. Shahzad Khan, a cameraman associated with Aaj TV, was reportedly killed.