Bombing at seminary kills 9 in southwest PakistanQUETTA, Pakistan (AP) — A bomb attached to a bicycle exploded outside a seminary in southwestern Pakistan on Thursday, killing at least nine people, police said.
By: ABDUL SATTAR, Associated Press
QUETTA, Pakistan (AP) — A bomb attached to a bicycle exploded outside a seminary in southwestern Pakistan on Thursday, killing at least nine people, police said.
More than 30 people were wounded in the attack in Quetta, the capital of the impoverished Baluchistan province, senior police officer Anwer Kakar said.
At the time the bomb went off, hundreds of students, teachers and parents were present inside the Jamia Islamia Maftah-ul-Uloom seminary for ceremony giving out certificates to students who had completed their basic religious education, Kakar said.
No one immediately claimed responsibility for the violence. Kakar said the dead and wounded had been transported to a hospital, where some of them were listed in critical condition.
Baluchistan borders Afghanistan to the west and is believed to be a hiding place for Taliban and Pakistani militants. It has also witnessed a decades-long insurgency by renegade tribal elders and nationalists who demand greater autonomy and a large share of the province's resources like natural gas and oil extracted from there.
Also, there have been scores of sectarian attacks, which are blamed on Sunni militants with links to the Afghan Taliban who target Shiite Muslims; many Sunni extremists do not consider Shiites to be true Muslims.
In October, gunmen on the outskirts of Quetta stopped two buses and pulled off the passengers. After singling out the Shiite passengers, they lined them up against the bus and shot them; thirteen people were killed in the incident, one of the worst acts of sectarian violence in or around the city in recent years.
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