UPDATES:Quetta civil hospital blast toll mounts to 53-56 injured

August: 08:2016:: 02 :20pm By Fayaz Ahmad , National News (480)

QUETTA--(Geoswat.com)--At least 53 people died while 56 other were left severely wounded when a powerful blast struck Quetta,s civil hospital on Monday morning.

According to the eyewitnesses,the blast took place at the entry gate of the accidents section of the hospital soon after the dead body of slain lawyer leader Bilal Anwar kasi was brought to the hospital.Gunshots were also fired after the bomb blast.

The law enforcement agencies and rescue teams immediately rushed to the blast site and shifted the injured to the hospital and Combine Military Hospital (CMH)A situation of emergency was invoked in the city.

Most of the dead and injured were lawyers who had arrived in the hospital after the early morning killing of Balochistan Bar Association (BBA) president Bilal Anwar Kasi.

BBA former president Baz Mohammad kakar was among the dead,Supremer Court Bar Association former president Kamran Murtaza confirmed,A cameraman of Aaj News was killed while the camerman of Dawn News was also seriously wounded in the balst.

None of the groups involved in terrorist activities in Balochistan province claimed responsibility for the balst immediately.

Following the blast ,Balochistan Home Minister Sarfraz Bugti said that it was a matter of serious security lapse as there who no security alert for the hospital ,I am monitoring the investigation personally,he said.

He went on to say that an investigation was underway to determine the nature of the blast.however,initial findings suggested that it was a suicide blast.

Earlier this day ,The balochistan Bar Association(BBA) president, Bilal Anwar kasi,was gunned down in an apparent targeted killing incident in Quetta.

The police officials said that the car of the lawyer leaders came under attack on Manno jan road in the city .the assailants were riding a motorbike and could not be identified immediately,Further investigation into the murder incident was still underway.

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