Six killed by blast at pro-Palestinian rally in wouthwest Pakistan
May 21 2021 02:00 PM
Demonstrators hold placards and shout slogans as they march in support of Palestine during an anti-I
Demonstrators hold placards and shout slogans as they march in support of Palestine during an anti-Israel protest rally in Islamabad

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At least six people were killed and another 14 wounded by a bomb at a pro-Palestinian rally in a Pakistani city bordering Afghanistan on Friday, officials said, the latest violence to hit the restive area.
"It was an improvised explosive device which went off as participants began to disperse," said Tariq Mengal, a senior local administration official in Chaman, Balochistan province.
A second official confirmed the incident and toll.
Thousands of people rallied in support of the Palestinians across Pakistan Friday, hours after a ceasefire was announced between Israel and Hamas, the Islamist group which governs the Gaza Strip.
Friday's blast comes just weeks after a suicide bombing in the provincial capital of Quetta struck a luxury hotel where the Chinese ambassador was being hosted.
That attack was later claimed by the Pakistani Taliban.
Chaman has long served as a gateway for Afghan Taliban militants entering Afghanistan from their alleged shelters in Balochistan, where the group's leadership council is believed to be based.



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