At least 56 killed after suicide bombings rip through two religious ceremonies in Pakistan

At least 56 people were killed and 74 others were injured when two suicide bombings occurred near two different religious ceremonies in the Pakistani city of Quetta on April 12th, 2021.

The first attack took place outside a Sunni religious school in the Hazara Town neighborhood around 10:20 a.m. local time, killing at least 44 people and wounding 70. The second attack occurred around 10:30 a.m. outside a Shiite mosque in the city’s Sariab Road area, killing at least 12 people and wounding four more.

The Balochistan government declared a three-day mourning period in honor of the victims and their families, and the Prime Minister, Imran Khan, condemned the attacks and pledged his government’s support for those affected. No group has yet claimed responsibility for the bombings, but the Pakistani Taliban and Islamic State have a history of violence in the region.

The attacks have been widely condemned by international forces. Afghanistan’s Chief Executive Officer Abdullah Abdullah expressed his solidarity with the people of Pakistan in the wake of the bombings and tweeted a message of condolence. The United Nations strongly condemned the bombings and called for those responsible to be brought to justice.