A bomb explosion has ripped through a bus in western Pakistan. At least eleven died in the carnage. The attackers then fled the scene and stormed the hospital in the city of Quetta, where the injured were taken to. It is reported a further ten people died in what developed into a gun battle with security forces, who were surrounding the building.
A police source said the victims on the bus were all female students from various ethnic groups. They included Hazaras – targets of a series of bombings this year.
Quetta has suffered a series of sectarian attacks. Bombings in the city at the start of the year killed almost 200 people.
Police believe the attack on the city’s largest hospital was aimed at government officials, one of whom was killed. Three members of the security forces and at least one nurse also died. It is not known which group was behind the attack.
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