52 Killed in Major Pakistan Bombings

Largest Attack in Quetta, Targeted Shi'ite Mosque

At least 52 people were killed today in three separate bombing attacks across Pakistan. Over 100 people were also estimated wounded overall, and no one has claimed responsibility for any of the attacks.

The largest of the three strikes came against a Shi’ite mosque in Quetta. The attackers reportedly threw a hand grenade to spark a panic in the commercial district, then a secondary bomber with a suicide vest detonated as the crowd rushed toward the nearby mosque. 30 were killed, including a large number of women and children. Over 60 were wounded.

Another attack saw a car bomb detonated in a marketplace in Peshawar. The apparently remote detonation was believed to have been timed to hit a passing military convoy, and kill at least 18 people, wounding 32 others. The toll included both civilians and security forces.

The final incident was in North Waziristan Agency, where a roadside bomb hit a group of patrolling troops, killing at least three people and wounding 15 others. One of the wounded reportedly died of his injuries.

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