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Pakistan: bomber targets policeman's funeral killing mourning officers


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Pakistan: bomber targets policeman's funeral killing mourning officers

A bombing that killed 29 people was captured live on television, as cameras covered the funeral of a policeman in the Pakistani city of Quetta.

A suicide bomber targeted the event in the southwest of the country, claiming the lives of five senior officers who had been attending the funeral.

One of the officers killed was the Deputy Inspector General of Operations in Quetta, Fayyaz Ahmed Sumbal.

The attacker was wearing a jacket packed with ball bearings and shrapnel, according to a member of the bomb squad. The device was detonated as senior officers lined up to offer prayers for their colleague who had been gunned down on Thursday.

So far, no group has claimed responsibility for the attack which happened in what is supposed to be a relatively safe area of a region where different sets of activists and militants are operating.

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