Terrorists Win: Attacks Close Women's College

Pakistan militants attack a bus full of students, then the hospital they were taken to

By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff

Posted Jun 17, 2013 9:09 AM CDT

(Newser) – A women's university in Pakistan has closed indefinitely after a pair of outrageous terror attacks this weekend. First, militants bombed a university bus in Quetta on Saturday, killing 14 women. They then went to the hospital where the survivors were taken and began, in the words of the BBC, "shooting indiscriminately," setting off a five-hour siege. That attack saw 28 more killed, including four gunmen, CNN reports, though other outlets have lower counts. The hospital has also closed indefinitely.

The initial bus bombing was reportedly carried out by a female suicide bomber—a rarity in Pakistan. The Sunni militant group Lashkar-e-Jhangvi has claimed responsibility for the attacks. Al-Jazeera notes that Sardar Bahadur Khan Women's University was the only school in the southwestern province of Balochistan dedicated to solely educating women.

A Pakistani paramilitary soldier and a nurse walk through a damaged corridor caused by Saturday's bombing at the Bolan Medical complex in Quetta, Pakistan, Sunday, June 16, 2013.
A Pakistani paramilitary soldier and a nurse walk through a damaged corridor caused by Saturday's bombing at the Bolan Medical complex in Quetta, Pakistan, Sunday, June 16, 2013.   (AP Photo/Arshad Butt)
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