Bomb kills 47 in Pakistan's Quetta

Officials said most of the dead were from Pakistan's Shi'ite minority, which has been demanding protection from the government

Bomb kills 47 in Pakistan's Quetta

World Bulletin/News Desk

A bomb killed at least 47 people in a Shi'ite Muslim area of the Pakistani city of Quetta on Saturday in what a police official said was part of an escalation of sectarian attacks.

Officials said most of the dead were from Pakistan's Shi'ite minority, which has been demanding protection from the government after attacks.

"The explosion was caused by an improvised explosive device fitted to a motorcyle," said Wazir Khan Nasir, deputy inspector general of police in Quetta. He said 50 people were wounded.

"This is a continuation of terrorism against Shi'ites."

More than 400 Shi'ite were killed in Pakistan last year, many by hitmen or bombs, and the perpetrators are almost never caught.

 

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