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Islamic State Claims Roadside Bombing in Quetta

by AFP
Banaras Khan—AFP

Banaras Khan—AFP

Monitoring group says extremists took responsibility on Twitter for strike that left 13 people wounded.

The Islamic State group said on Friday it was behind a roadside bomb that injured 13 in Quetta, the SITE Intelligence Group said, days after a major attack in the city killed 73.

The latest explosion on a bridge in the Balochistan capital on Thursday injured four police personnel and nine passersby, in an attack apparently targeting a judge. SITE reported that the I.S. group claimed the attack on its Telegram channel, al-Bayan Radio and Twitter.

The attack came just days after a suicide bombing at a hospital on Monday also claimed by the I.S. group killed 73 people, most of them senior lawyers gathered to mourn a colleague gunned down earlier in the day.

Quetta is the capital of the mineral-rich province of Balochistan, which is plagued by roiling insurgencies, hit by regular militant attacks and run by political leaders accused of corruption. Lawyers are among the only people shining a spotlight on the province’s many problems and have come under frequent attack.

Monday’s bombing was also claimed by the Jamaat-ul-Ahrar faction of the Pakistani Taliban and analysts have been unclear on whose claim was more credible.

Islamic State jihadists have been struggling to gain a foothold in Pakistan, facing competition from well-established extremist groups such as the Pakistani Taliban.

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