[Daily Times 14 April, 2019]

The Islamic State, also known by its Arabic acronym Da’ish, Saturday claimed responsibility for the suicide bombing that martyred at least 20 people in Quetta’s vegetable market, as the provincial capital mourned the irreparable loss of the precious lives.

The attack ripped through the outdoor market on Friday, martyring at least 20 people – including nine members of the Shia Hazara community and a soldier of the paramilitary Frontier Corps (FC) – and injuring 48 others.

Interestingly, the terrorist attack was also claimed by a faction of the banned Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), which on Friday said it collaborated with the Lashkar-e-Jhangvi (LeJ). However, no official confirmation came from the latter.

The Hazara community of Quetta is staging a sit-in on the Western Bypass since Friday to protest against what they term the ‘persistent failure’ of the law enforcement authorities to provide them security in Balochistan and across Pakistan. Members of the community, including women and children, set tyres on fire and blocked the Western Bypass, while protests were also staged in front of the Quetta Press Club.