Published On: Tue, Aug 9th, 2016

France condemns Quetta blast


Islamabad: France has strongly condemned the Quetta blast which claimed over 70 lives and injured 112 people on Monday, terming it to be a coward attack by terrorists.

A statement released by French Embassy in Islamabad said that President Francoise Hollande expressed deep grief and extended condolences to the families and friends of the victims of the blast.

“France expresses full solidarity with the government of Pakistan and the people of the country, who were already badly hit by the terrible terrorist attack in Lahore in March this year,” the statement added.

Deputy Spokesperson of the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development also denounced the attack in strong words. He said that France assures Pakistan of its full support in the fight against terrorism.

Pakistan hospital bomb ‘particularly appalling’: UN chief

UNITED NATIONS, UNITED STATES: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon condemned the “terrorist bombing” at a hospital in Pakistan on Monday, saying it was “particularly appalling” that the suicide attack targeted a group of mourners.

The bomber struck a crowd of some 200 people gathered at the Civil Hospital in Quetta after the fatal shooting of a senior local lawyer earlier in the day.

At least 70 people died in the attack and more than 100 were wounded.

“The targeting of mourners at a civilian hospital makes the attack particularly appalling,” said Ban’s spokesman Farhan Haq.

Ban urged the Pakistani government to do its utmost to bring those behind the attack to justice.

At least 70 people died when a suicide bomb tore through a crowd of mourners gathered at a Pakistani hospital Monday, in an attack claimed by both the Taliban and Islamic State group.

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif called for security forces to “decimate” terrorists after the blast at the Civil Hospital in the Balochistan provincial capital Quetta, which also wounded more than 100 people.

Video footage showed bodies strewn on the ground among pools of blood and shattered glass as shocked survivors cried and tried to comfort one another.

The bomber struck a crowd of some 200 people that had gathered to mourn the death of a senior local lawyer who had been assassinated earlier in the day.

News Source Pakistan Today & ARY

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Syed Ammar Alavi

- is Lahore (Pakistan) based journalist & writer with 25-year experience in print, wire and broadcast forms of journalism. His major fields of interest are politics, film,tv,sports, climate change and technology

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