A suicide attack killed over 70 people in Quetta on Friday in a rally protesting Al-Quds Day (in support of Palestinians). Over 100 people, many severely, are injured. Police sources have confirmed the attack was carried by a suicide bomber who blew himself up in the middle of rally causing huge fire and bodies all around.
The rally was called by Imamia Students Organization, a pro-Iran group that calls the Al-Quds Day rally all across Pakistan. Police officials say they had warned the organizers of the rally about security threats and there was an agreement from the organizers that the rally will not go beyond the limited route. But when the rally reached Mali Bagh area, some organizers started chanting religious slogans and pushing police barricades. When the rally reached Mezan Chowk, a suicide bomber detonated explosives on his body. TV footages show people falling on ground after the blast. Intense firing erupted after the blast.
Some organizers blame the Frontier Corps forces opened fire on protesters after the blast and most casualties are caused by them. Police say armed protesters for private security of the rally also started firing in the air and around. A couple of vehicles were set on fire and intense firing was started around Mezan Chowk.
Government officials have condemned the incident saying culprits would be arrested. Lashkar-e-Janghvi has claimed responsibility for the attack.
Secretary General of Hazara Democratic Party, Abdul Khaliq Hazara has said the Government should take action against the organizers of the rally who went against the proposed route denying the agreement with security officials that caused so many human lives.