Bomb at Packed Market Kills 60 in Pakistan
It exploded as women and children were shopping for evening meal
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Feb 16, 2013 11:09 AM CST
Local residents gather at a road as smoke rises from the site of a bomb blast in a market in Quetta, Pakistan.   (AP Photo/Arshad Butt)

(Newser) – A Pakistani official says the death toll in the evening bombing at a vegetable market in the city of Quetta has jumped to 60. Quetta police gave the updated figure a few hours after a bomb ripped through the crowded market—as dozens of women and children were shopping for the evening meal. It may have been planted in a rickshaw and detonated by remote control. Senior police officer Wazir Khan Nasir said the bomb went off in a Shiite-dominated residential suburb of the city.

Members of the minority Shiite sect took to the city streets in angry protest, blocking roads with burning tires and throwing stones at passing vehicles. In response, police cordoned off the area. Quetta is the capital of Baluchistan province, where the Shiite minority has been attacked several times in recent months. Baluch nationalist groups are fighting an insurgency there to try to gain a greater share of income from the province's gas and mineral resources. Islamic militants and the banned sectarian group Lashker-e-Jhangvi are also active in the province.

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1freeusa
Feb 17, 2013 9:27 AM CST
those crazy muslims.....at it again. Just leave them alone and they will self destruct. All in the name of peace
mind_riot
Feb 16, 2013 1:23 PM CST
such a peacefull and loving part of the world
finkster
Feb 16, 2013 1:23 PM CST
"bomb ripped through the crowded market—as dozens of women and children were shopping" Bunch of cowards to kill women and children