30 killed, 35 injured in blast at hospital in Pakistan

 People carry an injured lawyer to a hospital following a bomb blast in Quetta, Pakistan | AP

At least 30 people were killed and 35 others injured when a bomb ripped through a hospital in Quetta in Pakistan's restive southwestern Balochistan province followed by gunfire on Monday.

The loud explosion was heard after President of Balochistan Bar Association (BA) Advocate Bilal Anwar Kasi was shot dead by unidentified assailants in the provincial capital.

Lawyers and journalists had gathered at the emergency department, where Kasi's body was brought, when the explosion occurred. Most of the injured are lawyers, eye witnesses were quoted as saying.

Police said unknown assailants also opened fire after the blast.

Panic tore through the hospital after the incident and emergency has been declared at hospitals in Quetta.

A heavy contingent of Frontier Corps and police arrived and cordoned off the area.

Unidentified armed men had opened fire at Kasi's car near Quetta's Mengal Chowk on Manno Jan road, police officials told The Express Tribune. He was shifted to Civil Hospital, where he succumbed to injuries.

The provincial capital has been at the receiving end of several such acts of terror. In May, two people were killed and five injured when an explosion occurred at the main entrance of Balochistan University.

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