Pakistan hospital attack ‘particularly appalling’ says Ban
United Nations, Aug 9 (IANS) UN Secretary-General Ban Ki- moon on Monday condemned the terrorist attack at a hospital in Pakistan’s southwestern Quetta city, calling the attack “particularly appalling”, the attack killed 70 people, mostly lawyers.
Over 100 others were injured when a suicide bomber detonated himself inside the emergency ward of the Civil Hospital.
The blast took place when a large number of lawyers were gathered to collect the body of a murdered colleague, the president of Balochistan Bar Association Bilal Anwar Kasi, who was killed in a separate attack.
“The targeting of mourners at a civilian hospital makes the attack particularly appalling,” UN Deputy Spokesperson Farhan Haq told a daily briefing.
“The Secretary-General urges the Government to do its utmost to ensure safety of the population and bring to justice the perpetrators of today’s attack,” Haq added.
The Pakistani Taliban faction Jamat-ul-Arhar has claimed responsibility for the attack.