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Quetta mosque attack leaves 15 dead, including the imam

The explosion devastated the Islamic seminary, located in the Satellite Town area.  Pakistani authorities condemn yet another episode of violence in the province of Balochistan.  Interior Minister promises: "Defeated terrorists will never be allowed to succeed".

Islamabad (AsiaNew / Agencies) - The toll of an attack that took place yesterday in a mosque in Quetta, in the Pakistani province of Balochistan, is at least 15 victims and 19 injured.  The dead include the imam of the Islamic place of worship and Aman Ullah, deputy superintendent of local police (see photo 2).  The bomb attack, claimed by the Islamic State (IS), was condemned by the provincial authorities.  Aunt Langove, Balochistan's interior minister, said: "Terrorists are concerned they are concerned about Pakistan's development.  Internal and foreign enemies try unsuccessfully to create panic and unrest in the country."

The explosion devastated the Islamic seminary, located in Ghousabad in the Satellite Town area, while evening prayers were underway.  Investigators report the nature of the bomb that shattered the windows and part of the ceiling is unknown.

Investigations are ongoing, while hospitals in Quetta continue to hospitalize the injured.  Langove promises that "defeated terrorists will never succeed".  He expressed solidarity with the victims and stated that no negligence in the medical treatment of the wounded will be tolerated.

Balochistan is a "hot" province on the border with Afghanistan.  The territory is marked by ethnic and sectarian conflicts, as well as by the infiltration of terrorists and militants from the nearby border.  In recent years the city of Quetta has been affected by numerous Islamic extremist episodes, in particular against the Shiite minority.  The most serious, in 2013, caused about 100 deaths;  the most recent, in April 2019 against a market in the Hazara community, over 20 victims.  A report published in 2018 by the National Commission for Human Rights, speaks of 509 people killed and 627 injured between January 2012 and December 2017.

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