June 2013 Quetta attacks

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June 2013 Quetta attacks
Part of the Balochistan conflict
Quetta is located in Pakistan
Quetta
Quetta
Quetta (Pakistan)
Location Quetta, Balochistan, Pakistan
Date 15 June 2013
Target Women's University students, Pakistan security forces
Attack type
bombing, suicide bombing, shootings, siege
Deaths 26[1]
Non-fatal injuries
20+[1]
Perpetrator Lashkar-e-Jhangvi

On 15 June 2013, a series of bombings and a subsequent siege resulted in the deaths of 26 people and injuries to dozens more.[2][3] On the same day, separatist militants attacked and demolished the historic Quaid-e-Azam Residency in Ziarat.

Background[edit]

Attacks[edit]

The attacks began with the detonation of an explosive device attached to a bus carrying students from Sardar Bahadur Khan Women's University.[1] The blast completely destroyed the vehicle, killing 14 women and injuring 19 others. A short time later, a suicide bomber struck at the nearby Bolan Medical Complex, where victims of the initial bombing were being treated. A team of five gunmen then forced its way into the compound, as senior Quetta political officials were visiting the injured, sparking an hours-long shootout with security forces. The siege ended with at least 12 casualties, including four attackers, four Pakistan Army soldiers and four hospital nurses. One of the gunmen survived the assault and was captured by government forces.[1][4][5]

It is believed that the intended targets of the bus bombing were Shia from the Hazara ethnic minority, who have been the targets of previous sectarian attacks in Balochistan. However, due to an earlier change of route, the bus carried a more ethnically mixed group and has been described as "the wrong target" of the perpetrators.[6]

Response[edit]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Attacks Test New Pakistan Government". New York Times. 2013-06-15. Retrieved 2013-06-17. 
  2. ^ "Bomb on Pakistani women's university bus kills 11". Miami Herald. 2013-06-15. Retrieved 2013-06-15. 
  3. ^ "Pakistani city of Quetta in shock after double attack". BBC. 16 June 2013. Retrieved 2013-06-16. 
  4. ^ "11 students killed in bus bombing at Pakistan university". The Hindu. 2013-06-15. Retrieved 2013-06-15. 
  5. ^ "Pakistan blast kills female students". BBC. 2013-06-15. Retrieved 2013-06-15. 
  6. ^ http://www.economist.com/news/asia/21579886-no-honeymoon-nawaz-sharif-pakistans-terrorists-cruel-beyond-belief Balochistan: Cruel beyond belief