Nearly Half of Baluchistan's Police Commanders Killed in Bombing of Police Inspector's Funeral

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Nearly half the top police commanders in Pakistan's Baluchistan province have been killed after insurgents shot a police inspector, then bombed his funeral hours later, where most of the province's police commanders had gathered. At least 30 people were reported dead and 40 wounded.

The attack in Quetta, Baluchistan's capital, was claimed by Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan, the formal name for the Pakistani Taliban. The claim of responsibility called it revenge for a recent crackdown on Lashkar-e-Jhangvi, an ally of al-Qaeda. But militants said they thought Lashkar-e-Jhangvi was the more likely suspect because the Pakistani Taliban lacked the local resources to launch any such operation in Quetta.

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