50 killed in Pakistan attacks on bloodiest day in months

50 killed in Pakistan attacks on bloodiest day in months

At least 50 people were killed and more than 100 wounded in a string of attacks Sunday across Pakistan against security forces and the minority Shiite community in the bloodiest day since a new government took over in early June, officials said, dpa reported.

The deadliest incident was a suicide bombing of a Shiite mosque in south-western Quetta city, killing 28 members of the marginalized community, which has been targeted for violence frequently in recent years.

Among the dead were nine women worshippers and three children, said Mir Zubair Mehmood, police chief in Quetta, capital of volatile Balochistan province.

Around 70 people were injured in the assault, which came a fortnight after multiple attacks killed 30 in the city including female university students, said Khan Wasseh, spokesman for the paramilitary Frontier Constabulary (FC).

It is believed a suicide bomber disguised as a woman detonated explosives he was wearing at the main entrance of the mosque in the Hazara Town area of Quetta, a police official said.

Minutes later, another blast hit a shopping centre in the same locality, Khan Wasseh said.

Members of Quetta's Shiite community have borne the brunt of a surge in sectarian violence in Pakistan, losing around 250 lives in two attacks in January and February this year alone.

Also Sunday, suspected militants attacked two convoys of security forces at separate points in north-western Pakistan, killing 22 people and injuring 56, officials said.

Four troops, two children and one woman were among the dead in bombings just hours apart, police and military officials said.

In the first incident, a car bomb targeting paramilitary troops on patrol just outside Peshawar killed 18 civilians and injured 46 people, police official Shafiullah Khan said.

In a separate attack, four army soldiers were killed when their vehicle hit a roadside bomb in the North Waziristan tribal district near the Afghan border, military officials said. At least 10 troops were wounded in that incident, a statement by the military's media wing said.

Four troops from the Frontier Corps were among those wounded in the blast in Peshawar, capital of the volatile Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province, Shafiullah said.

Two of the three vehicles, carrying around two dozen troops, passed through the area safely. However, the third was hit by mortar shells fitted in a car parked at a fuel station, the police official said.

The attack used at least 40 kilograms of explosives, said bomb disposal squad official Abdul Haq, who was at the scene to gather forensic evidence for investigation.

The blast damaged four shops and a dozen vehicles, police official Abidur Rehman said.

No group claimed responsibility for any of the attacks.

The Peshawar area borders the restive Khyber tribal district, where the military last week regained control of a valley from insurgents.

Violence has surged in Pakistan, claiming more than 150 lives - including a group of foreign mountaineers - since a new government took office in early June.

Construction of Kerki airport passenger terminal being completed in Turkmenistan
Construction of Kerki airport passenger terminal being completed in Turkmenistan
Azerbaijan increases production of construction materials
Azerbaijan increases production of construction materials
Hungarian-Uzbek investment projects to be implemented in food, agricultural sectors
Hungarian-Uzbek investment projects to be implemented in food, agricultural sectors
Loading Bars
Belarus reports 1,689 new COVID-19 cases, 139,908 in total
Azerbaijan eyes to use potential of liberated lands for fishery development
UN office announces agenda of special session of General Assembly on COVID-19 initiated by Azerbaijani president
Additional assets brought for Russian peacekeeping contingent delivered - Azerbaijani MoD (PHOTO)
Azerbaijan gains brilliant victory by liberating its lands - Chairman of National Congress
Azerbaijani Defense Ministry expresses condolences to Iranian side (PHOTO)
Deposit liabilities of Georgian banking system decreases month-in-month
Phase 3 of OPEC+ could lead to immediate fall in oil prices
Azerbaijan reveals TOP-10 private non-oil exporters
Iranian Energy Exchange announces products to be on sale on December 5
Azerbaijani banks to fully сancel loan debts of martyrs' families
Lending by Georgian commercial banks down
Iran reveals forecast for oil sales for next year
Lari depreciation remains one of leading factors in Georgian debt growth
Georgia decides to ease entry regime for its citizens
Aztelekom LLC announces tender for purchase of electronic spare parts
Bentley hires jets to fly car parts to Britain during Brexit
National Bank of Georgia reveals volume of international reserves
Georgia sees increase in overdue debt
Uzbekistan, Afghanistan eye to achieve twofold growth in trade
Russia discloses volumes of agricultural products supplied to Georgia
Azerbaijan's State Security Service prosecutes Lebanese terrorist mercenary (VIDEO)
Ashgabat City Telephone Network opens tender for audit
EU extends relief measures for COVID-hit loans to March
Turkmenistan expands international cooperation through environmental diplomacy
Iran expands mobile phone imports
Azerbaijani Clean City OJSC signs tender contract
Israel expects $220 million in non-defence trade with Bahrain in 2021
Azerbaijan determines damage inflicted by Armenia on Fuzuli, Jabrayil districts
Turkey to continue providing all kinds of assistance to Azerbaijan - Turkish Minister of National Defense
Iran’s Bahar Azadi gold coin price still rising
Employment increases in Iran's Sistan and Baluchestan Province
Azerbaijan reduces lead exports
Investment in tourism transport infrastructure to help dev’t this sector in Turkmenistan - UNWTO
Georgia expects to start adoption of Oil Stockholding Act soon
Iranian president declares budget revenues for next year
Uzbekistan’s Agrobank to fund entrepreneurial activity under Islamic sharia law
Tightening of quarantine regime may be inevitable - TABIB
Iran expects increase of budget revenues
Georgian CEC to summarize final results of parliamentary elections on December 3
COVID-19 pandemic to displace business class cars from car rental market
Azerbaijan unveils data on local insurers' fees for 10M2020
Building for Turkish-Russian joint monitoring center under construction - Turkish Minister of National Defense
Georgia cultivates significant amount of land to combat marble bugs
Uzbekistan’s Tashkent registers largest number of private enterprises
Tourism can help protect, promote Turkmenistan’s culture - UNWTO
Volume of sales through Azexport portal continues to grow
New electricity facilities to be put into operation in Iran
Japanese agency funds project aimed at improving locust control in Uzbekistan
Georgian oil company trying to contain fuel price rise
Uzbekistan, Germany in talks over partnership with EU
Value of OIC states' import from Turkey shows decline
Azerbaijan's non-oil exports via 'Single Window' system increase
SOCAR Polymer remains export leader in Azerbaijan's private sector
Georgia aims to transpose renewables acquis
Kazakhstan's crude petroleum oil exports to Greece plummet
Construction of Kerki airport passenger terminal being completed in Turkmenistan
Azerbaijan's AzerGold becomes one of export leaders in public sector
Trilateral statement on Karabakh to contribute to long-term peace in region - Kazakhstan's President
Kazakhstan discloses volume of doses to be produced by COVID-19 vaccine plant
ASTS+ trading, clearing system to up productivity of Kazakhstan Stock Exchange
Azerbaijan announces recent COVID-19 death rate
Iran reveals its COVID-19 data for December 2
Azerbaijan presents video footage from Lachin's Garygyshlag village (VIDEO)
Oil prices steady as market awaits output deal
Iran's export to Afghanistan increases
Prices of Kazakh-manufactured diesel fuel down
Azerbaijan's October 2020 non-oil exports slightly rise
Expenses on construction of enterprises in Iran’s Semnan Province climbs
Resources from Southern Gas Corridor to be available via Serbian-Hungarian pipeline
Iran's non-oil export has increases
Iron ore concentrate production of giant Iranian steel companies grows
Events in Belarus, Nagorno-Karabakh region, Kyrgyzstan complicate situation in CSTO area – Putin
Turkmenistan working on development of infrastructure for gas export
Uzbekistan’s State Tax Committee announces tender for IT services
Azerbaijan confirms 3,942 new COVID-19 cases, 2,265 recoveries
Azerbaijan shows video footage from Soyudlu gold deposit of Kalbajar district (VIDEO)
Turkish companies involved in construction of new road to Azerbaijan’s Shusha (Exclusive)
Georgia aims to introduce mobile virtual network operators in 2021
Georgian 2021 budget bill calls for issuing new Eurobonds
Turkmenistan to conclude technical inventory of companies involved in fuel, energy sector
Details of Iran's budget for next year announced
Azerbaijan's oil fund discloses 11M2020 value of revenues from ACG oil-gas fields block
Kazakhstan to develop soil and geobotanical maps for its agriculture lands
SOFAZ's incomes from sale of condensate produced in Shah Deniz remain unchanged
Kazakhstan increases imports from Vietnam despite COVID-19 restrictions
Stability in South Caucasus very important for Turkey - FM
Baku Stock Exchange auctions notes of Central Bank
Azerbaijan, Turkey to establish first Hi-Tech Park in Karabakh
UNDP provides Georgia with protective gear to fight COVID-19
Foreign exchange reserves of Central Bank of Azerbaijan increase
Victory Day established in Azerbaijan
Foreigners decrease payments with bank cards in Azerbaijan
Uzbekistan, Afghanistan consider expanding co-op in banking, customs spheres
Azerbaijani president signs order on establishment of Day of Remembrance
Methanol production unit to be launched at Navoiazot chemical enterprise in Uzbekistan
Uzbekistan introduces digital technologies in water metering, water management automation
Natural gas production dynamics in Azerbaijan – Eni’s review
Number of Georgian companies registered in Turkey decreases
Azerbaijan hosts auction for state property privatization
All news