Quetta (Pakistan): At least 15 people were killed and 35 others severely injured when a a powerful blast struck Quetta's civil hospital on Monday morning following the killing of an advocate earlier in the day, police said.
A report of Daily Pakistan newspaper said quoting eyewitnesses that the blast took place at the entry gate of the accidents section of the hospital. Gunshots were also fired after the bomb blast.
Most of the dead and injured were lawyers who had arrived in the hospital after the early morning killing of Balochistan Bar Association (BBA) president Bilal Anwar Kasi.
Former Balochistan Bar Association President Bilal Anwar Kasi was shot dead by unidentified gunmen in the provincial capital earlier on Monday, Dawn online reported.
Security forces and rescue teams immediately rushed to the blast site and shifted the injured to the hospital and Combine Military Hospital (CMH). A situation of emergency was invoked in the city.
None of the groups involved in terrorist activities in Balochistan province claimed responsibility for the blast immediately.
Earlier in the day, the Balochistan Bar Association (BBA) president, Bilal Anwar Kasi, was gunned down in an apparent targeted killing incident in Quetta.