Secretary-General calls for swift action following terrorist attack in Pakistan

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UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

The UN Secretary-General is calling for "swift and determined action" following a deadly terrorist attack in Pakistan over the weekend.

In a statement from his spokesperson, Ban Ki-moon strongly condemned the bombing which targeted the Shi'a Hazara, a religious minority community.

The attack took place in a busy market area in Quetta, a city in southwestern Pakistan, on Saturday.  At least 89 people died and nearly 200 were wounded.

The Secretary-General pointed out that this was the second terrorist bombing in the city and against the same community since January.

In the face of this latest attack against religious and ethnic minorities in Pakistan, Mr. Ban called for swift and determined action against those claiming responsibility and perpetrating such actions.

He also reiterated the strong support of the United Nations for efforts by the government and people of Pakistan to protect religious and ethnic minorities and to combat terrorism.

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

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