Bomb in market kills 16 in southwest Pakistan

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Published on April 12, 2019 - Duration: 00:25s

Bomb in market kills 16 in southwest Pakistan

A bomb hidden among bags of potatoes at a Pakistani market killed at least 16 people, half of them ethnic Hazaras, police said on Friday (April 12) Rough cut - no reporter narration.


Bomb in market kills 16 in southwest Pakistan

(ROUGH CUT - NO REPORTER NARRATION) A bomb hidden among bags of potatoes at a Pakistani market killed at least 16 people, half of them ethnic Hazaras, police said on Friday (April 12).

Another 30 people were wounded in the blast in the southwestern city of Quetta, police added.

The attack came after a lull of at least a year in attacks against Hazaras, though there have been isolated shootings.

The blast took place at Hazar Ganji, a fruit and vegetable market at the outskirts of Quetta.

No group immediately claimed responsibility for the attack.

Hazaras have been frequently targeted by Taliban and Islamic State militants and other Sunni Muslim militant groups in both Pakistan and Afghanistan.

In 2013, three separate bombings killed more than 200 people in Hazara neighbourhoods.

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