L-e-J group claims responsibility for suicide blast in Pakistan's Quetta

22:04, September 03, 2010      

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People transfer an injured to an ambulance after the suicide blast in Quetta, Pakistan, Sept. 3, 2010. At least 47 people were killed and more than 100 others were injured Friday afternoon in a suicide blast that took place in Quetta. (Xinhua/Iqbal Hussain)

Lashkar-e-Jhangvi (L-e-J), a banned radical group in Pakistan, which masterminded the massive attack at Shia muslims in the country's eastern city of Lahore on Wednesday night, claimed responsibility for Friday afternoon's suicide blast in Quetta, which has so far claimed 47 lives and injured more than 100 others.

The Punjab-based Sunni radical group, founded in 1996, also disclosed the identity of Friday's suicide bomber who is named Rashid Moaawia aged at 22.

At about 3:05 p.m. on Friday, the above-mentioned suicide bomber reportedly carrying an estimated 15 kilograms of explosives blew himself up among thousands of people who were gathering in support of the Palestinian people at the Meezan Chowk area of Quetta, a capital city in Pakistan's southwest Balochistan province.

Shortly after the blast, police cordoned off the area and fired into the air to hold back people who tried to enter the blast site in fear of possible attack by angry people who have lost their beloved ones in the blast as it did happen following Wednesday night's blasts in Lahore.

All the injured people have been rushed to different hospitals in the city. At least four media people who were present to cover the rally were also injured, sources in Quetta told Xinhua.

A widespread protest followed in the wake of the blast. A lot of shops were reportedly torched and fierce firing in protest were heard across the city.

Pakistani Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani strongly condemned the attack and ordered an immediate investigation into the incident.

On Wednesday night, a massive attack targeting Shias, a minority of muslims in Pakistan, took place in Pakistan's eastern city of Lahore, during which at least two suicide bombers aged from 14 to 20 blew themselves up among hundreds of thousands of Shia muslims who were marching on the streets in the city to mark the death anniversary of Ali, the son-in-law of Prophet Muhammad, killing at least 37 people and injuring over 200 others.

The Lashkar-e-Jhangvi, which comprises Sunni muslims, later claimed responsibility for the deadly attack. A spokesman of L-e-J said on Thursday night that the attacks were made in revenge over the killing of their leaders by Shias. The spokesman threatened more attacks on Shia muslims in the future.

Source: Xinhua


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