UN, US condemn Quetta attack as TTP Splinter claims responsibility

Islamabad: The United Nations and United States strongly condemned Quetta blast, in which at least 70 people killed and scores others injured.  UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon strongly condemning the Quetta blast expressed grief and condolence with the families of the deceased and said that he has told the Pakistani government to make effective security measures for the safety of the citizens and should take to task the terrorists involved in the blast.

The US Ambassador to Pakistan, David Hale has strongly condemned the horrendous and despicable attack in Quetta. In a statement, he said, “On behalf of the U.S. Mission to Pakistan, I strongly condemn today’s horrendous and despicable attacks in Quetta, the murder of Bilal Kasi, the Balochistan Bar Association President and the bombing at the Civil Hospital.

I extend my deepest condolences to the victims and their families during this time of grief. This brutal and senseless attack on civilians, so many of them lawyers working to bring justice to their country, will not undermine one of the most important pillars of Pakistan’s democracy and civil society. We know this attack will not weaken the determination of the Pakistani people to create a secure, stable, and prosperous country.

The United States stands with the government and people of Pakistan, and is committed to supporting them in the fight against terrorism. We support Pakistan’s efforts to bring to justice those behind the attack.”

On Monday evening Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) splinter group, Jamaat-ul-Ahrar (JuA), has claimed the responsibility of Barbaric suicide attack in Civil Hospital Quetta. TTP spokesman Ihsan ullah Ihsan said that both attacks first on Bilal Anwar Kasi and second in Civil Hospital Quetta targeted by his group’s militants.

He announced to continue such attacks without clarifying the reason. The United States’s State Department has designated Jamaat-ul-Ahrar (JuA), a splinter group of the banned Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) as Specially Designated Global Terrorists last week on 4th August.

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