ISIS claims Quetta bombing after Taliban
QUETTA -- "Islamic State of Iraq and Syria" (ISIS) Saturday (April 13) claimed responsibility for a suicide bombing in Quetta Friday (April 12) that killed 20 people and left 48 more injured.
The group released a photograph of the bomber along with his name and said the attack targeted Shia Muslims.
On Friday, a little known faction of Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) claimed responsibility for the blast, saying it collaborated with Lashkar-e-Jhangvi (LeJ), which has been behind numerous bloody attacks on Shiite Muslims in Pakistan.
Pakistani officials deny ISIS is present in the country, but the group has claimed a number of attacks in the past.
Ethnic Hazara make up most of the Shia population in Quetta.
The minority's Central Asian features make its members easily recognisable, and they are a soft target for Sunni militants, who consider them heretics.