2020 Quetta bombing

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2020 Quetta bombing
Part of the insurgency in Balochistan and War on Terror in Pakistan
2020 Quetta bombing is located in Pakistan
Quetta
Quetta
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LocationQuetta, Balochistan, Pakistan
Date10 January 2020
TargetTaliban-run mosque[1]
Attack type
Suicide bombing
WeaponsSuicide vest
Deaths15 (+1 suicide bomber)
Injured19+
PerpetratorsIslamic State of Iraq and the Levant – Khorasan Province

On 10 January 2020, a suicide bombing inside a Taliban-run mosque killed at least 15 people in Quetta, Pakistan.[1][2] At least 19 others were injured.[3][4][1]

Background[edit]

Earlier, on 7 January 2020, a motorcycle bomb blast took place near a Frontier Corps vehicle on McConaghey Road near Liaquat Bazar in Quetta. The attack killed two people and injured another 14 others.[5] According to reports, Jamaat-ul-Ahrar[6] as well as Baloch terrorists[3] claimed responsibility for the attack.

Bombing[edit]

On 10 January 2020, a suicide bombing took place inside a Taliban-run mosque located in Ghousabad neighbourhood during Maghrib prayer in Quetta's Satellite Town area.[1] The bomb had been planted inside a seminary in the mosque.[7] Among the killed was a Deputy Superintendent of Police, the apparent target of the attack, along with 14 civilians.[2][8] At least 19 others were injured. The Islamic State claimed responsibility for the bombing. They said the bombing caused 60 casualties, including 20 dead.[9][10]

Response[edit]

Bomb disposal squad and security personnel sweeped through the mosque and its surrounding area for evidence. The area was cordoned off and Frontier Corps personnel along with the police carried out a search operation.[11] On 11 January 2020, a first information report was registered by the Counter Terrorism Department against unknown suspects.[12][13]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Pakistan suicide blast at Taliban-run mosque kills at least 15, in attack claimed by Isis". SCMP. Retrieved 11 January 2020.
  2. ^ a b "DSP among 15 martyred, 19 hurt in Quetta mosque blast". Associated Press of Pakistan. 10 January 2020. Retrieved 10 January 2020.
  3. ^ a b "Bomb attack targets Worshippers at Quetta mosque, killing 14". Al Jazeera. 10 January 2020. Retrieved 10 January 2020.
  4. ^ "At least 13 killed in Pakistan mosque bombing". CBC. 10 January 2020. Retrieved 10 January 2020.
  5. ^ Blast in Pakistan's Quetta kills two
  6. ^ "2 killed, over a dozen injured as blast targets FC vehicle in Quetta". Dawn. January 7, 2020.
  7. ^ "Pakistan mosque blast kills at least 13: police". Reuters. 10 January 2020. Retrieved 10 January 2020.
  8. ^ "Death toll in Quetta mosque blast rises to 15". AniNews. 10 January 2020. Retrieved 10 January 2020.
  9. ^ Bomb Blast Claimed by ISIS Kills at Least 15 in Pakistan Mosque Used by Taliban
  10. ^ "Pakistan Mosque Bombing Kills 15". VOA. Retrieved 11 January 2020.
  11. ^ "Blast inside Quetta mosque claims 15 lives, injures 19". Dawn. January 10, 2020.
  12. ^ "FIR registered in Quetta blast case as city remains in grip of grief". Dunya News. 11 Jan 2020.
  13. ^ "CTD registers FIR of Quetta's blast". The Nation. 12 Jan 2020.