12 Jan 2013

Shia community refuses to bury Quetta bomb dead

1:05 pm on 12 January 2013

Pakistan's minority Shia community has protested angrily over what it says is a lack of army protection in the city of Quetta, where between 80 and 100 were killed in a series of bomb blasts.

Leaders of the community have refused to bury the dead until security is improved, the BBC reports.

Three days of mourning have been announced in Balochistan province after the explosions in its capital on Thursday, on what appeared to be the single deadliest day of bombings in Pakistan for five years.

Most of the dead were from Quetta's 500,000-strong Hazara Shia.

Members of the community on Friday laid coffins in the street, refusing to bury them.

The Sunni militant group, Lashkar-e-Jhangvi, says it carried out the attacks.

The militant group has been blamed for a string of sectarian and high profile terror attacks. Banned in Pakistan in 2001, it was designated a terrorist group by the US in 2003.