MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The explosion ripped through the hospital in the restive Balochistan province as the body of recently-killed Bilal Anwar Kasi, the president of the Balochistan Bar Association (BBA), was being brought in. The majority of mourners were reportedly lawyers and journalists.
"We decisively condemn this cynical, inhumane crime… I’d like to reiterate that the Russian side is ready to bolster cooperation with Pakistani partners in the fight against terrorism," Putin said.
Pakistani local authorities blamed the attack on Jamaat-ur-Ahrar, an Islamist militant group that split away from the Taliban. The authorities said the attack could have been carried out by a suicide bomber.