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63 killed in Quetta blast aimed at Shias

Quetta, Feb. 16 (AP): A bomb ripped through a crowded vegetable market in a mostly Shia neighbourhood in Quetta today, killing at least 63 people , including women and children, and injuring 180, some critically.

Police raised the death toll several times and said many of those wounded in the explosion in Quetta remain in critical condition. The blast left many victims buried under rubble, but police said they did not know how many.

It was the deadliest incident since bombings in the same city killed 86 people earlier this year. Senior police officer Wazir Khan Nasir said the bomb, set off in a residential suburb, was detonated by remote control.

Another officer, Samiullah Khan, said police were investigating whether the bomb was planted in a rickshaw parked in the crowded vegetable market. He said the bomb was detonated while dozens of women and children were shopping for the evening meal.

Local residents rushed the victims to three different area hospitals. Television footage of the scene showed the rubble of the destroyed buildings with fruits and vegetables from what just minutes earlier was a lively market littered across the ground next to destroyed street carts.

 
 
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