Women help a patient (2L) get away during a paramilitary operation against militants at the Bolan Medical Complex in Quetta, the capital of Balochistan province, on June 15, 2013.—AFP Photo
Women help a patient (2L) get away during a paramilitary operation against militants at the Bolan Medical Complex in Quetta, the capital of Balochistan province, on June 15, 2013.—AFP Photo
paramilitary soldiers take position after militants attacked a hospital in Quetta on June 15, 2013. —AFP Photo
paramilitary soldiers take position after militants attacked a hospital in Quetta on June 15, 2013. —AFP Photo
Photo shows the extent of the damage to a bus attacked with improvised explosives. 14 women were killed in the blast at the campus of the Women University Quetta.—AP Photo
Photo shows the extent of the damage to a bus attacked with improvised explosives. 14 women were killed in the blast at the campus of the Women University Quetta.—AP Photo
Soldiers arrest a suspected militant during a paramilitary operation against militants at a hospital  in Quetta on June 15, 2013.—AFP Photo
Soldiers arrest a suspected militant during a paramilitary operation against militants at a hospital in Quetta on June 15, 2013.—AFP Photo
Photo shows the extent of the damage to a bus attacked with improvised explosives. 14 women were killed in the blast at the campus of the Women University Quetta.—AP Photo
Photo shows the extent of the damage to a bus attacked with improvised explosives. 14 women were killed in the blast at the campus of the Women University Quetta.—AP Photo

QUETTA/ISLAMABAD: At least 23 people, including 14 female students and the deputy commissioner Quetta, were killed Saturday in multiple bomb and gun attacks by militants in the capital of insurgency-hit Balochistan province.

Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan told reporters at a press conference that several parts of the Bolan Medical Complex, taken under siege by terrorists, have now been cleared by security forces.

An operation was being carried out by security personnel to free the Bolan Medical Complex from heavily armed militants who had taken over parts of the hospital and were reported to have taken several people hostage.

A large number of patients and doctors were trapped inside the complex when heavily armed militants took the hospital under siege.

According to security forces, parts of the hospital have been cleared while four gunmen are still believed to be inside the complex.

Nisar confirmed that 35 hostages had now been freed by security forces.

“According to our official reports, four terrorists have been killed in the operation while one suspect has been arrested from outside the hospital,” said the interior minister.

The interior minister said further details of the ongoing operation to clear the hospital would be announced later.

Condemning the earlier attack on Ziarat Residency, he said that orders have been issued to re-build the historic monument of the country. Chaudhry Nisar also revealed that outlawed Balochistan Liberation Army (BLA) has claimed responsibility of the rocket attacks in Ziarat.

Nisar said the total death toll from the attacks in Quetta has now risen to 22, including four terrorists, four Frontier Corps personnel, Deputy Commissioner Quetta Abdul Mansoor Khan and 14 female students of the Sardar Bahadar Khan Women’s University.

The female students were killed earlier when an improvised explosive device ripped through a bus inside the university campus.

“The bomb exploded just when female teachers and students gathered inside the bus around 3 pm to proceed for Quetta city from the university,” CCPO Mir Zubair Mehmood said.

The CCPO said that most of the victims were female teachers and students. He said the bus caught fire after the powerful blast.

The injured were shifted to the Bolan Medical Complex, where half an hour later sounds of explosions and gunfire spread panic and chaos among the patients and doctors.

Several people were trapped inside the complex for hours as security personnel engaged in a grueling operation against the militants.

Security forces have now cleared most of the complex and evacuated the civilians, although CCPO Mir Zubair Mehmood said it might take another three hours to confirm that the hospital was clear of all terrorists.

Meanwhile, the Balochistan government has officially announced to observe a "day of mourning" on Sunday.

Earlier Saturday, militants attacked the Quaid-e-Azam residency in Ziarat with hand grenades, destroying the historical monument where the founder of Pakistan Mohammad Ali Jinnah spent his last days.

A policeman was killed in the attack on the Jinnah’s monumental residency.

Officials had confirmed that most of the old memorials inside the monument were destroyed, with historic photographs of the founder burnt to the ground in the resulting fire.

It was unclear if the attack on the Quaid’s residency in Ziarat was related to the later attacks in Quetta.

Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting Senator Pervez Rashid assured full support to the Balochistan Government in the wake of the terrorist attacks in Balochistan.

Speaking to media representatives in Islamabad, Rashid strongly condemned the attacks. He said that those involved in these terrorist acts were the enemies of Pakistan and Balochistan.

He said that the entire nation was with the people of Balochistan at this critical juncture.

No militant group has so far claimed responsibility for any of the attacks.

This is a developing story and will be updated as reports keep coming in.

Published Jun 15, 2013 02:53pm

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Umar Farooq
Jun 15, 2013 04:06pm

from where taliban has come there in Baluchistan.....why BLA is not mentioned here albeit of their embrace of bombing of ziarat and bus blast as welll....

Jun 15, 2013 04:19pm

so the targetting of women is now halal is it? how backward these TTP are never fails to amaze me.

Shakoor Alam
Jun 15, 2013 04:28pm

Its just a shameful act by shameless terrorists aka Taliban.

Jun 15, 2013 04:39pm

very very sad news, in a country where culprits (real) are mostly unpunished. where are the iron hands of our forces, government, judiciary and other responsibles ???. and so on condemnation from LEADERS. and the system goes on.

Imtiaz Faruqui
Jun 15, 2013 05:13pm

All the evil that has spread through out Pakistan ,is the result of injustice done to the people by their succesive croupt leaders from Ayub Khan to this day.

Dr Khan
Jun 15, 2013 05:18pm

BLA should be annihilated

Jun 15, 2013 05:25pm

This must be the work of Islamic fundamentalists not happy to see girls being educated. They are just being allowed to carry out such heinous acts of murder without a single politician batting an eye. Our gutless and spineless politicians flinching under the fear of the mullahs. So shameful.

Jun 15, 2013 05:32pm

Shame on these people. How they forget that they have to die also and they have to answer their deeds in front of Allah.

Jun 15, 2013 05:41pm

Religion POISONS your mind.

Jun 15, 2013 05:58pm

sad to see .. ALlah apna reham karay anybody remember musharaf .. he was kicking butt of the same terrorists ... and see wht we r doing with him ..

Jun 15, 2013 05:58pm

Please obliterate these extremists.

Jun 15, 2013 06:12pm

Sheer cowards! Attacking and killing women and sick people.

Who is/are the 'brains' behind such evil people? Who is financing them?

The government needs to come clean and reveal what they know about them

Jun 15, 2013 06:22pm

Very sad news!!! May Allah have mercy on all of us. The fact that these highly coordinated attacks took place in Balochistan, and they could have taken any where in Pakistan too, reflects the enemy-within-us to destablise our home.

schabboo khan
Jun 15, 2013 06:20pm

Where are the negotiators?

Asad Saleem
Jun 15, 2013 06:34pm

Brother BLA has taken the responsibility for attack on quaid residency !!!

Jun 15, 2013 06:43pm

How could somebody kill young aspiring doctors and teachers !! what harm have they done to the country and society !It is so sad such a waste of precious life .Pls stop extremism in you country and pls send kids to school and tell them life is beautiful don't develop hatred in them .It will only destroy you..

harish dewangan
Jun 15, 2013 07:04pm

Pak people should now realise that supporting radical islam would never lead them to betterment.

All elements who support radical islam and taliban, and are not in favour of education for women, and development should be asked to change or otherwise arrested.

It is handy work of radical faction only and/or taliban

Jun 15, 2013 07:12pm

The work of savages.

Jun 15, 2013 07:17pm

Innocent people are being killed from all sides. Pakistan can not be changed with votes. It needs revolution. Revolution requires bloody seal. Nothing is good here. Financial Explosions. Budget Explosions. Explosions can be heard from every corner.

Jun 15, 2013 07:19pm

We use to have any Army? where is it these days?

Jun 15, 2013 07:35pm

I am surprised attackers are still mentioned as 'militants'. There should be no hesitation to call them 'terrorists'.

Jun 15, 2013 07:48pm

How sad.... they targeted students, a beacon of hope for any nation...

"nainam chindanti shastrani, nainam dahati pavakah, na chainam kledayanty apo, na sosayati marutah" (Bhagwat Gita: Chapter Two verse 23)

" The soul can never be cut to pieces by any weapon, nor burned by fire, nor moistened by water, nor withered by the wind. The soul is eternal"

May peace be upon all the dead...

Jun 15, 2013 07:50pm

These attacker have no morals, no values and no conscience. Their only motivation is to bring terror and to cause fear. Why else would they attack a hospital, attack female students and teachers and cause massive damage to the resident of the father of our nation? I believe the terrorists have declared war by causing such austerities and I urge our government to go full force after these criminals and bring them to justice. I think it is high time we took our country back from these gangsters and let us citizens live in peace. It is achievable, but we need our leaders to be determined and united. Together, we can fight this terror!

muzammil ullah khan
Jun 15, 2013 08:07pm

And we want to kneel before these thugs and murderers and beg them to talk to us and then agree to whatever they want ! They want break up of Pakistan ! Our beloved CJP talks of rule of law and is harping on missing persons . What about these innocent people killed . Terrorists cannot understand the language of logic . Force and ruthless force only has to be applied even if some innocent people get hurt in the process . This mayhem can NOT be solved by courts . This has to be tackled with brute force , the language that the terrorists understand .

Fazal Karim
Jun 15, 2013 08:27pm

Now what do you say about Musharraf policy and action in Balochistan. Let judiciary, Media and Bar council celebrate this occasion ( specially Hamid Mir). There is time and occasion for reconciliation but not always. By talking of talks with murderers Taliban we have sent wrong signals and now reaping its fruits.

Jun 15, 2013 09:11pm

pakistan in disarray.. need to fight/kill terrorism.

Jun 15, 2013 09:12pm

Hospitals were the last place these barbarians did not reach. Not any more. Is there a place in Pakistan which is safe?

Jun 15, 2013 09:15pm

BBC already reports that LEJ has claimed to have carried this out. Brave Islamic soldiers willing to kill female students at a University - such brave men! Taking hostages in a hospital - such fantastic morals.

Muhammad Ahmed
Jun 15, 2013 09:19pm

Military action is needed in Baluchistan. Condemnations is not sufficient. Dialog and Democracy have failed. Pakistan needs martial law and needs to deal with this menace with iron fist. At the same time Pakistan must issue a nuclear warning to Afghan barbarians.

Jun 15, 2013 09:23pm

Ahh! and IK wants to hold peace talks with these guys and complain about drone strikes? you sir have lost all my respect..... there will never be any peace with them unless we r willing to give up all 21st century values, like educating women, modern medical technology and the list goes on, if Pak army is not competent enough to take care of this menace then I dont have much hope for Pakistan

saleem baloch
Jun 15, 2013 09:26pm

Its the work of BLA,AND BLF ,BNP/M Terrorists murderers.Find them and kill this blood thirsty monsters who want to destroy peace in balochistan ,enough is enough we cant take this rogues who have support of india and the west.we want peace and progress in balochistan and few murderers and monsters cant threaten and frighten peace loving and nationalists pakistanis.Pakistan zindabad.

Qaiser Bakhtairi
Jun 15, 2013 09:30pm

In the land of the pure, murder and pillage is A-OK , if done in the name of Islam. I wonder what Amir-ul-Momeneen Nawaz Sharif has to say about this? perhaps a round of more peace talks.

Wongchuk Lopsen
Jun 15, 2013 09:57pm

time for pakistanis to return to their buddhist past or else things will keep getting worse .

Syed Hussain
Jun 15, 2013 10:08pm

Lashkare Jhangvi asper one of the Pakstani News Channel and BBC News has proudly accepted the attack. They are the coalition partners of TTP whose lovers are present among our prominent politicians also. They need to be treated as Hazrat Ali treated the Kharjis. Or if our politicians for one reason or the other don't want to follow the deed of Hazrat Ali then they should do as their ideal USA did with Al-Qaeda i.e. aggressively attack the TTP or LeJ or any similars and bring them to situation when they really beg pardon. They do not understand the language of logic. The present situation can simply not continue. Friend of an enemy is also an enemy.

Jun 15, 2013 10:42pm

Very sad. Another example of failed security and intelligence services. I think security services should wear bangles and stay home because they are not doing their jobs. Their salaries are just burden on Pakistani economy. It cannot be worse than this.

Jun 15, 2013 10:45pm

so sad,my thoughts and prayers for the deceased...anyone still willing to talk to these savages?

Tariq Soail
Jun 15, 2013 11:14pm

Not even a single comment !!!! no words to condemn !!!! are we uman beings ???

Raj M
Jun 15, 2013 11:19pm

This is so senseless. Perpetrators of such violence should be hunted like animals. Where is the beautiful country of Pakistan that was carved out of Greater India? Do you now realize that the threat is not other humans with different religious tags and criminals can come from your own religion?

khalid Butt
Jun 15, 2013 11:34pm

Shame is the only word. My head hangs in shame and more so because I am presently in another country.

Jun 15, 2013 11:37pm

These terrorists want the people to forget the Quaid and his ideology since they want to enforce their own criminal ideology in which they will be judge, jury and executioners. Thus they would enslave the whole Pakistani nation under a sham religious organization.

Jun 15, 2013 11:41pm

And these are the type of people that the government and Imran khan are prepared to do business with?

Bhavesh Patel
Jun 16, 2013 12:02am

Sad Just sad. I hope and pray Pakistanis takes their county back and bring some sanity. Students killed by bombing, shame on those cowards.

danny kelly
Jun 16, 2013 12:12am

My condolences go to those who have lost loved ones, inshallah those wounded will be healed, & to the terrorists i say, your campaign is useless you're not impressing anybody! Allah will not help you because you disobey his laws!!

danny kelly
Jun 16, 2013 12:21am

i wonder is there anymore news on little Dua who was killed recently in a Lyari grenade attack or information on the girl herself? i lived with a Pakistani family who had a daughter called Dua & i'm greatly concerned?

Jun 16, 2013 12:56am

can media publish picture and description of people killed by these animal. So may be people around these animal feel remorse and come forward to identify them.

Jun 16, 2013 01:04am

These terrorists have no shame and fear of Allah. How can they be called as Muslims and even Pakistanis. yet another great loss and blow to Pakistan. Please pray and do everything for Pakistan to get us out of this mess that has been created partly by our own self.

Jun 16, 2013 01:26am

Mr Nawaz time to negotiate with terrorist is long gone time for action.Real action that is.

Jun 16, 2013 03:31am

Terribly sorry for heart wrenching killing of so many precious innocent. Remember police killed 4 terrorists as well. Why not put President/Prime Minister/Admin Chief in jail like President Musharaf for ordering action to control sedition against the country. Some body tell the high court to arrest them.

Sohail Aslam
Jun 16, 2013 03:38am

The terrorists have time and again crossed the line and this latest attack involving female students is a tremendous blow to our entire national psyche as well as our collective "ghairat." When will the terrorist sympathizers realize this take constructive and resolute action against these barbarians......................the ISI has more intelligence about these militants than we care to believe. We must deploy whatever resources are required to eradicate this cancer of militancy and intolerance from our country.

Jun 16, 2013 04:53am

Here's a hot tip you can use. http://www.bbc.co.uk/urdu/multimedia/2013/06/130615quettablasteyewitnesszs.shtml

Jun 16, 2013 06:20am

Cut the Crap Mr. Minister and do something tangible to save Pakistan from Terrorists.

Ashok R.Prabhu
Jun 16, 2013 06:41am

Only an intensive Military operation in the troubled area can help clear the area of all militants.

Muhammad Ali
Jun 16, 2013 06:53am

I was literally crying at that moment when I saw where is government. I cant see government in Pakistan from last 5-6 years

Jun 16, 2013 06:57am

Death and Destruction of Muslims by Muslims in a Islamic State is indeed beyond comprehension! What does it prove!

Jun 16, 2013 07:40am

Call it brainwash or some other fancy socio-psychological fag, I cant help but wonder, if the attackers on Ziarat were educated in Pakistan? As school students, I remember our mutual admiration and borderline religious respect for Muhammad Ali Jinnah and his residence.

Did their hands falter, did their eye blink, did their heart sink when they attacked the symbolic retreat for our founder?

I have been a strong advocate of contextual observation of numerous events that unfold in Pakistan, but today, I just bow my head in shame.

Jun 16, 2013 07:49am

Brothers and sisters of Pakistan - when you grieve for your loved ones, please remember 26/11 in Mumbai also. Terrorists are terrorists, whoever and wherever they may be. Taking innocent lives is never acceptable, for whatever reason.

Jun 16, 2013 08:30am

What a sorry state of affairs. Appears that there is no law and order in the country and the government is at a loss.. Muslims killing muslims. How stupid.

Faruq e Azam
Jun 16, 2013 08:45am

Dear Leaders & readers, very shameful act by the cowards who are so called muslims. Profound condolances to the bereaved families & to Quaid e Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah.

Jun 16, 2013 08:58am

Pakistan is my country and it is crumbling and getting succumb to brutal death due to our political and military leaders. It is now proved to be a failed and fake state.

Ghalib Khan
Jun 16, 2013 09:04am

Does PTI & PML (N) still want to talk to these Monsters, you cannot change them you will not change them, either you finish them or they finish you.

Please do wake-up.

It is just not about drones.

Javid Shirazi
Jun 16, 2013 11:12am

Retrograde barbarians bent on raining death and destruction. No sense of grace and refinement.

Jun 16, 2013 02:35pm

I feel for Quetta. I am from India and my grandfather used to work there before independence. Many old people from my area worked there and share stories of that time. They tell us how peaceful that place used to be.

Its a shame that peaceful places have become fighting arenas for groups and countries. I hope peace resumes and people can live with safety and dignity in FATA , NWFP, Karachi and Quetta.

And pakistani army, please deal with those terrorists quick. It hurts to hear such news every other day.

Jun 16, 2013 07:15pm

the military raised its budget as always, for what? kayani is worthless.

Jun 16, 2013 07:15pm

@fahad: pak army is too scared to fight some rag tag terrorists yet they claim they have the ability to shoot down drones. perhaps they do, but they dont have the guts.

Nasir khan
Jun 16, 2013 09:57pm

I think we need unity and built a ret of government in any where in side Pakistan. why not need this type of justice which is only visible but not implement. BLA BRF and BRP again need very high level army operation because they get money from India and operate in Baluchistan and killed innocents people .all missing persons actually miss himself when police and agencies arrest these people families say they already include in list of missing persons.in balochistan no further money provide first check where was expand previously provide money. that is audit and old cm of balochistan if not provide detail of all money which was provide federal government than first arrest old cm because that time he was run BLA BLF AND BRP with full support .and this is a result of that...................

Raja Farhat Abbas
Jun 17, 2013 02:52am

@saleem baloch: I agree with you 100% brother Saleem baloch.

Raja Farhat Abbas
Jun 17, 2013 02:59am

BLA,TTP and all other terror oufits should be hunted down and wiped out period.