122 killed in Pak blasts
REZAUL H LASKAR
Islamabad, Jan 11: The death toll in a string of devastating terrorist attacks in two restive Pakistani provinces today rose to 122 as authorities made special arrangements to airlift critically injured persons to the southern port city of Karachi for treatment.
A total of 88 people were killed in explosions that targeted a snooker club in a Shia-dominated neighbourhood of Quetta, the capital of Balochistan province, last night.
Dozens of people were killed instantly and at least five injured persons died overnight, officials said.
Twelve people were killed in another blast that targeted a security forces vehicles at a busy roundabout in Quetta yesterday afternoon.
Twenty-two more people died in an explosion at a religious seminary in the former Taliban stronghold of Swat in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province last evening.
Nearly 300 people were injured in all the attacks and officials said special arrangements were being made to airlift critically injured persons from Quetta to Karachi so that they could be provided better treatment.
Officials in both Swat and Quetta described the condition of several injured persons as precarious.
Lashkar-e-Jhangvi claimed responsibility for the attack on the snooker club at Alamdar Road, a Shia-majority area of Quetta.
In calls made to local journalists, LeJ spokesmen Bakar Saddiq said the first blast was carried out by a suicide bomber and the second was a bomb planted in a car that was triggered by remote control.
The United Baluch Army, a separatist group, claimed responsibility for the attack on security forces at Bacha Khan Chowk in Quetta.
There was no claim of responsibility for the attack on the centre of the Tablighi Jamaat at Takhta Band Road in Swat.
Lastupdate on : Fri, 11 Jan 2013 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Fri, 11 Jan 2013 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Sat, 12 Jan 2013 00:00:00 IST
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