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Pakistan Bomb Blast: IS Claims Responsibility for Attack in Quetta

Pakistan Bomb Blast: IS Claims Responsibility for Attack in Quetta

The LeJ is a Sunni militant group, which has claimed responsibility for several deadly attacks against the minority Shia community in Pakistan, including the 2013 blasts in Quetta that killed over 200 Hazara Shias.

At least 20 people were killed and 48 injured in a bombing claimed by an affiliate of the Pakistani Taliban in Quetta, southwest Pakistan on April 12, police said.

No group immediately claimed responsibility for the attack.

Balochistan is the focus of the $57-billion China Pakistan Economic Corridor, a transport and energy link planned between western China and Pakistan's southern deep-water port of Gwadar.

In the first attack, a suicide bomber blew himself in the Hazarganj fruits and vegetable market in provincial capital Quetta killing around 21 people and injuring 60 others, mostly Hazaras.

The community has been frequently targeted by extremists from Pakistan's Sunni Muslim majority.

The Hazarganji area has been targeted by such attacks in the past.

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Ethnic Baluch separatists are also fighting against what they call the unfair exploitation of their province's gas and other resources. Balochistan home minister Zia Ullah Langove, cabinet's ministers, additional inspector generals (IG) and other senior officials attended the meeting. "It is aimed to disturb peace, which to a great extent, has been achieved in Balochistan".

After a series of attacks, security forces started escorting Hazara buses to the market.

The sit-in started soon after the suicide blast ripped through the Hazarganj market early Friday morning. "Each time, there are promises that more will be done to protect them, and each time those promises have failed to materialise".

Violence in Pakistan has dropped significantly since the country's deadliest-ever militant attack - an assault on a school in the northwestern city of Peshawar in 2014 that killed more than 150 people, majority children.

Following the blast, Qadir Nayil, a Hazara community leader, asked the Pakistan government to ensure better protection for them.

According to the report, Pakistan's Prime Minister Imran Khan condemned the blast and sought an inquiry report of the attack.