Pakistan hospital blast: US condemns terror attack

First responders and volunteers transport an injured man from the scene of the bomb blast. Photograph:( Reuters )

PTI Washington, United States Aug 09, 2016, 02.35 AM (IST)
The United States on Monday strongly condemned the terror attack at a hospital in Pakistan’s restive Balochistan province and offered assistance to the Pakistani government in its bid to bring to justice the perpetrators of the assault.

“Our hearts go out to the families and other loved ones of more than 60 killed and we wish a speedy recovery to the dozens more injured. The US is committed to our continuing counter-terrorism partnership with Pakistan, and we remain resolute in joining with the people of Pakistan in confronting terrorism in Pakistan and across the region,” Josh Earnest WH press secretary, said. 

“The United States condemns in the strongest terms the terrorist attacks today in Quetta, including the bombing at the Civil Hospital that killed dozens of Pakistanis and wounded many more, and the murder of Bilal Anwar Kasi, president of the Baluchistan Bar Association,” the State Department spokesperson Elizabeth Trudeau, said. 

“We send our deepest condolences to the loved ones of those killed and injured, and we offer our assistance to Prime Minister Sharif as his government investigates and works to bring the murderers to justice,” she said.

Trudeau said the terrorists targeted a hospital, as well as the judiciary and the media, two of the most important pillars of every democracy.”The victims at the Civil Hospital, many of them lawyers and journalists, were gathered as free citizens to mourn the murder of Kasi,” she said.”These brutal and senseless attacks only deepen our shared resolve to defeat terrorism around the world, and we will continue to work with our partners in Pakistan and across the region to combat the threat of terrorism,” Trudeau said.