Pakistani volunteers use a stretcher to move an injured lawyer after a bomb explosion at a government hospital premises in Quetta on Aug. 8, 2016. / AFP / BANARAS KHAN
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A Taliban suicide bomb packed with ball bearings tore through a Pakistani hospital Monday and killed at least 70 people, as witnesses described tearful staff rushing towards the smoking blast site to help the wounded.The bomber struck a crowd of some 200 people gathered at the Civil Hospital in the Balochistan provincial capital Quetta after the fatal shooting of a senior local lawyer earlier in the day. An AFP journalist was about 20 meters away when the bomb went off.Police confirmed the attack was a suicide blast.Jamaat-ul-Ahrar has also said it was behind the deadliest attack in Pakistan so far this year, a bombing in a crowded Lahore park that killed 75 people on Easter Sunday.Pakistani hospitals have been targeted by militants before, with a bomb killing 13 at a Karachi hospital in 2010 .
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