April 16th, 2010
10:21 AM ET

12 dead in hospital attack in Pakistan

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan  - Twelve people were killed and 35 were wounded Friday morning in a suicide bombing at a western Pakistan hospital, authorities said. The attack occurred at Civil Hospital in the city of Quetta, police said.

Among the dead were four police officers and a TV cameraman, authorities said. Police found the head of the suicide bomber and he appears to around 20 years old.

Lashkar-e-Jhangvi, a banned militant group in Pakistan, has claimed responsibility for the suicide blast, according to group spokesman Ali Sher Haideri.

In an unrelated incident, militants bombed a school in northwest Pakistan early Friday, officials said.

The attack on the five-room girls' school in the Charsada district of the North West Frontier Province is the latest in a series of blasts that have destroyed dozens of schools in the area in recent years.

The attack occurred about 2 a.m. Friday, said Riaz Muhammad, Charsada district police officer.

Militants placed explosives in three parts of the school, Muhammad said.

- Journalist Kiran Khalid and Nazar Ul-Islam contributed to this report.

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  1. peter

    divide pakistan. create four or five independent nations. regional differences in pakistan are too many. thats the only solution for this madness to stop.

    April 19, 2010 at 9:11 am | Report abuse |
  2. Wade Ens

    The world need to rid itself of the taliban

    April 19, 2010 at 8:13 am | Report abuse |
  3. paul for canada

    terrorism, murder and abuse is a very terrible thing, we do not need , we can all live better than that if we try, we can leave some decentcy for the next generation , we all have a choice, unfortunately so do the people that chose to do such things,

    April 18, 2010 at 10:09 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Waldo

    Schools hospitals getting blowin up?! That makes no sense stupid religion!! Kids shoot up schools? Stupid video games! People are going to do things like this till the end of times. If some one really wants to harm some one else they will find a way to do it.

    April 18, 2010 at 9:46 pm | Report abuse |
  5. JMikey54

    These terrorists are monsters and need to be brought to justice, dead or alive.

    April 18, 2010 at 2:38 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Bill

    "blowing up hospitals and schools in the name of religion...will someone please explain this madness."

    Sure, it's easy; believe the same way/things we do or we'll kill you!

    April 17, 2010 at 5:03 pm | Report abuse |
  7. cjygudwin

    directly from the Koran on the subject of non-muslims:

    Qur'an:8:39 "Fight them until all opposition ends and all submit to Allah."

    Qur'an:8:12 "I shall terrorize the infidels. So wound their bodies and incapacitate them because they oppose Allah and His Apostle."

    Qur'an:8:67 "It is not fitting for any prophet to have prisoners until he has made a great slaughter in the land."

    Qur'an:33:26 "Allah made the Jews leave their homes by terrorizing them so that you killed some and made many captive. And He made you inherit their lands, their homes, and their wealth. He gave you a country you had not traversed before."

    Qur'an:8:7 "Allah wished to confirm the truth by His words: 'Wipe the infidels out to the last.'"

    Qur'an:8:39 "So, fight them till all opposition ends and the only religion is Islam"

    April 17, 2010 at 9:50 am | Report abuse |
  8. MONTE485

    It's easy doughboy. Keep the general population uneducated, in fear of their lives, and in need. Just like a gang of hoodlums controlling a neighborhood but on a larger scale. Has nothing to do with religion, just power and control.

    April 17, 2010 at 6:00 am | Report abuse |
  9. marcm057

    they even go in hospitals now, lollll, what a joke, the army in Pakistan will not hunt these talibans they are very aware that if captured ! it's a guaranteed knife beheading.

    Pakistan is doomed Period!! get out if your a moderate, if you stay you better be prepared to witness massive scale human slaughter and chaos,like other places i can think of.

    April 17, 2010 at 2:41 am | Report abuse |
  10. vkmo

    Pakistan has been that way for around 70 years. The grandparents of today's Taleban and Al Qaida targeted Pak's minority religions 70 years ago – buddhists, hindus, christians, sikhs, parsis etc. and later East Pak's muslims. Over a million were killed and about 25 million refugees. And the old Pakistan was split into Pakistan and Bangladesh – 2 countries, following war. Now that the Pak govt is starting to take on the Taleban and Al Qaida, they killed Presidential candidate Bhutto and are attacking Pak's infrastructure. The world should support Pak govt in its internal war- because the danger is of Pak's nukes passing into the hands of these troublemakers. Pak's ISI has ties to these troublemakers also and is not to be trusted.

    April 17, 2010 at 12:23 am | Report abuse |
  11. joseph

    down to the bones they are desperate they are loosing the war.yes i dont believe that no one can tame afganistan. us and the nato plus the pakis are winning. thier days are numbers.

    April 16, 2010 at 11:16 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Doughboy

    blowing up hospitals and schools in the name of religion...will someone please explain this madness.

    April 16, 2010 at 2:40 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Rob

    We kill militants with drones and are painted as the bad guys. They kill women, children and hospital patients and don't expect any repercussions?

    April 16, 2010 at 1:54 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Dan Lafayette,IN

    The Pakistan army needs to go into these tribal areas in the north-west frontier of Pakistan and finally take control of their country if they want to stop these Islamic extremists from all the bombings and killings. They have no right to live if they continue with their hateful, destructive and deadly ideology!

    April 16, 2010 at 12:36 pm | Report abuse |
  15. michael

    pakistan really needs to root out these militants and improve its intelligence operations. what gets me irritated is it seems that generally muslims all over seem to get disinformation that we are killing muslims all over yet dont they see the reality of what these terrorist are doing?

    April 16, 2010 at 12:31 pm | Report abuse |