Deaths in Pakistan hospital blast

At least eight people killed and 35 wounded in explosion in Quetta in Balochistan province.

    The bomber struck outside a hospital emergency ward
    in Quetta in the middle of a media briefing [AFP]

    The emergency room was full of his friends and relatives when the bomber struck at the gate, Mohammad Sabir, a police official, said.

    Zahir Shah Kazmi, a senior police officer who was briefing reporters at the hospital about the attack on the bank executive, was killed in the bombing.

    The dead cameraman worked for Samaa TV, a Pakistani television station. Several journalists also present at the scene were wounded.

    The bank manager came from a prominent Shia family. An armed man shot him as he stepped out of his car outside the bank on a major city road, officials said.

    Sectarian violence

    Pakistan, and Quetta in particular, has a history of sectarian violence between extremist groups from the minority Shia and majority Sunni Muslims.

    Several of Pakistan's Sunni extremist groups also are allied with the Taliban and al-Qaeda, who view Shia Muslims as infidels.

    In a separate incident on Friday, a suspected US missile attack killed four suspected fighters in Pakistan's northwestern tribal belt, officials said.

    The alleged missile attack took place in the Torkhel area in North Waziristan, a tribal region filled with al-Qaeda and Taliban fighters focused on attacking US and Nato soldiers across the border in Afghanistan.

    At least four suspected fighters were killed, Noor Ahmad, a Pakistan government official, said.

    The exact identities of the dead were not immediately known.

    The US has frequently targeted North Waziristan in its campaign to kill al-Qaeda and Taliban leaders using missiles.

    SOURCE: Al Jazeera and agencies


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