UN chief condemns "appalling" terror attack on Pakistan hospital

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Street scene in Quetta, Baluchistan province, Pakistan. Photo: UNICEF/Asad Zaidi

A "particularly appalling" terrorist bombing at a hospital in Pakistan has drawn condemnation from the UN Secretary-General.

At least 70 people, most of them mourners, were killed in the incident, which took place on Monday in the city of Quetta, located in Balochistan province.

The Taliban has reportedly claimed responsibility for the blast which injured more than 100.

Dianne Penn has the story.

The victims were mostly lawyers and journalists who were accompanying the body of a prominent lawyer murdered earlier that morning.

The fact that the bombing targeted mourners at a hospital made it "particularly appalling," UN chief Ban Ki-moon said in a statement.

Farhan Haq is the UN Deputy Spokesperson:

"The Secretary-General urges the Government to do its utmost to ensure safety of the population and bring to justice the perpetrators of today's attack. He extends his heartfelt condolences to the victims and their families, and wishes a speedy recovery to the injured." 

Mr Ban also expressed his solidarity with the people and Government of Pakistan.

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

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