World News

63 Killed in Pakistan Bombing

TEXT SIZE - +
Pakistani police say 63 people were killed and nearly 200 wounded in a bombing targeting Shi'ites in southwestern Pakistan.

A senior police officer says the bomb was detonated Saturday by remote control in a Shi'ite-dominated area of the city of Quetta. He says most of the victims were Shi'ite, and that women and children were among those killed.

A spokesman for the banned Sunni group Lashkar-e-Jhangvi claimed responsibility for the blast.

Saturday's attack was the worst in Quetta since a series of bombings on January 10 in a Shi'ite-dominated area of the city killed 92 people. Lashkar-e-Jhangvi also claimed responsibility for those attacks.



Quetta is the capital of Baluchistan province, where the Shi'ite minority has been attacked several times in recent months in sectarian violence.

Islamic militants and the Lashkar-e-Jhangvi fighters are active in the province. Baluch nationalist groups are fighting an insurgency there to try to gain a greater share of income from the province's gas and mineral resources.

Sectarian violence claimed more than 400 lives in Pakistan last year.
###

Feature Story

People make their way into Terminal A at Mineta San Jose International Airport near the Hawaiian Airlines gates, April 21, 2014, in San Jose, Calif.

VOA Exclusive: Teen Stowaway's Father Says Allah Protected Son

Abdilahi Yusuf Abdi tells VOA's Somali service he was stunned to learn his son had made the risky trip to Hawaii in the wheel well of a Boeing jetliner More