A bomb blast killed at least 40 people and injured dozens others in Quetta, the capital of the violence-plagued southwestern province of Baluchistan, Pakistan.
Mostly lawyers and journalists, gathered to accompany the body of Bilal Anwar Kasi who was the former president of Balochistan Bar Association. An unidentified man shot him dead on his way to the main court complex in the city earlier on Monday.
The bomb went off in the emergency section of the hospital while more than 50 mourners were entering the section, accompanying Kasi’s body. Aerial firing was also reported. Police forces arrived at the hospital and cordoned off the area.
No one has declared responsibility for the blast yet. An emergency situation has been declared in hospitals all over the city of Quetta.
Terror attack has become increasingly common in Quetta. In May, an explosion occurred at the entrance of the University of Balochistan, killing 2 people and 5 others injured.