A senior judge is among 15 people said to have been killed in a suspected suicide bomb attack on a courtroom in the Pakistani city of Quetta. Police say the device exploded while the court was in session. Six lawyers were also killed and some 25 other people injured.
Pakistan has recently suffered a spate of suicide attacks. Intelligence officials have linked them to groups operating from tribal areas, regarded as hotbeds of support for the Taliban and militants connected to al Qaeda. The recent suicide attacks follow a Pakistan army air strike on a militant base in the South Waziristan region in mid-January. Pakistan has been under mounting pressure from the US and Afghanistan to tackle Taliban sanctuaries on its territory.