Pakistani lawyers shout slogans against a suicide bomb attack at a hospital in Quetta, during a protest in Lahore on August 8, 2016. / AFP / ARIF ALI
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Pakistan's lawyers boycotted courts and staged protests nationwide Tuesday after a horrific suicide bombing at a Quetta hospital which killed 70 people including many of their colleagues.If ISIS were behind the attack it would be their deadliest so far in Pakistan, where the group has struggled for purchase.JuA, formed in 2014, also claimed responsibility for Pakistan's deadliest blast so far this year -- the Lahore Easter bombing, which killed 75 -- among other attacks.Hours after the JuA claim ISIS also claimed the attack and said it had killed 200 people, according to ISIS-linked Amaq news agency.Attacks claimed by ISIS in Pakistan are rare, the most significant being a 2015 bus assault in Karachi that killed 44 people.The group has made some inroads in Afghanistan, where it has carried out attacks in the east near the border with Pakistan in a tussle for supremacy with the Afghan Taliban.
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