Pakistan blasts death toll climbs to 125

Pakistani Shia Muslim mourners sit beside the coffins of bombing victims at a mosque in Quetta, Balochistan Province, January 11, 2013.

The death toll from a wave of bomb attacks targeting both security guards and civilians, including Shia Muslims, in Pakistan has climbed to 125.

On Thursday, at least 92 people were killed and 121 others wounded in two separate bomb blasts in Quetta, the provincial capital of the southwestern Balochistan Province.

The first bomb struck inside a snooker club. Minutes later, a bomber blew himself up in a car, ripping through the site to which police officers, media workers and rescue teams had rushed, according to the police.

Officials said nine police officers, three local journalists, several rescue workers and a spokesman for the Frontier Corps paramilitary were among the dead.

Earlier on Thursday, 11 people were killed and dozens wounded in a bomb attack targeting a vehicle belonging to the security forces in a crowded part of Quetta.

Pakistani militant group Lashkar-e-Jhangvi has claimed responsibility for the deadly attacks.

Meanwhile, a separate blast at a religious gathering in the northwestern Swat valley killed 22 people and wounded more than 80.

Thousands of Pakistanis have lost their lives in bombings and other attacks since 2001, when Pakistan joined an alliance with the United States in Washington’s so-called war on terror.

Since late 2009, there has been a surge in militant attacks in Pakistan. Thousands have been displaced by the wave of violence and militancy sweeping the country.

Shia Muslims in the country have also been targeted in violent campaigns over the past few years.

Hundreds of Shia Muslims were killed across Pakistan last year. The attacks targeted many doctors, engineers, high-ranking government officials, teachers, and politicians.

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