A suicide bombing at a funeral in the Pakistan city of Quetta kills 31 people.
On 8 August 2013, a suicide attacker exploded a bomb at a funeral being held for a police officer in Quetta, Pakistan, and killed as many as thirty-one people and injured over fifty people. No group has taken responsibility for the bombing, but it is believed by whom? that the Taliban were behind the bombing. A senior police officer, Fayaz Sumbal, noticed the suicide bomber before he blew himself up. As Fayaz began searching the suicide bomber’s body, the bomber blew himself up. The bomber was wearing a jacket that had ball bearings and shrapnel inside.
Witness said that in the immediate aftermath of the attack weeping policemen wandered among the blood and body parts, looking for colleagues or sat, shocked and in silence, amid abandoned shoes and other belongings.
Policeman Mohammad Hafiz told the AFP news agency of his horror after the bomber – wearing a jacket packed with ball bearings and shrapnel – detonated his device.
“I was inside the mosque and we were lining up for the funeral prayers when a big blast took place,” he said.
“I came out and saw injured and dead bodies lying on the ground.
“I have no words to explain what I’ve seen. It was horrible.”