Saturday, February 16, 2013
QUETTA, Pakistan — A Pakistani official says the death toll in the Saturday bombing at a vegetable market in the city of Quetta has jumped to 60.
Quetta police chief Zubair Mahmood gave the updated figure a few hours after a bomb ripped through a crowded vegetable market Saturday evening.
Some 180 people were also wounded in the attack, which occurred in a mostly Shiite Muslim area.
Senior police officer Wazir Khan Nasir said the bomb was detonated by remote control in a Shiite Muslim-dominated residential area of Quetta. Women and children were among the victims, he said, adding that the death toll could rise.
Quetta is the capital of Baluchistan province, where the Shiite minority has been attacked several times in recent months.
Baluch nationalist groups are fighting an insurgency there to try to gain a greater share of income from the province’s gas and mineral resources.
Islamic militants and the banned sectarian group Lashker-e-Jhangvi are also active in the province.