UN chief strongly condemns dual suicide blasts in Pakistan

11:12, September 04, 2010      

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UN Secretary-general Ban Ki- moon Friday "strongly" condemned the dual terrorist bombings that took place this week in the Pakistani cities of Lahore and Quetta, which killed dozens of civilians.

"These attacks, which deliberately targeted Shiite Muslims and killed or injured scores of civilians, are unacceptable," read a statement here issued by Ban's spokesperson.

Lashkar-e-Jhangvi (L-e-J), a banned radical group in Pakistan, claimed responsibility for Friday afternoon's suicide blast in Quetta, which has so far claimed 47 lives and injured more than 100 others.

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, killing at least 37 people and injuring over 200 others.

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 a religious procession.

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.



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