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Police: Pakistan militants target women on bus, go after survivors at hospital

By Saima Mohsin and Tim Schwarz, CNN
June 16, 2013 -- Updated 1609 GMT (0009 HKT)
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • NEW: Polio workers shot dead on Sunday in northwest Pakistan
  • Female suicide bomber attacks bus with women on it, source tells CNN
  • Pakistani official thinks "homegrown terrorists" may be responsible
  • Officer dies in bombing of Pakistan founder's home

Islamabad, Pakistan (CNN) -- Militants, including a female suicide bomber, attacked a university bus carrying women in southwestern Pakistan and then struck a hospital where the survivors were taken for treatment, authorities said Saturday.

The militants laid siege to the Bolan medical complex in Quetta, holding hundreds of patients, physicians and nurses hostage as they battled security forces, authorities said.

An intelligence official, who requested anonymity since he was not authorized to speak to media, told CNN a female suicide bomber carried out the bus attack.

Twenty-eight people, including four militants, were killed in the siege at the hospital. The gunmen killed four security force members, a medical administrator, and the deputy commissioner of Quetta. Four nurses died in the crossfire, police said. Two militants blew themselves up, and two more died in a shootout, authorities said.

Among the hospital patients were more than 20 people wounded in the university bus explosion, which killed at least 14 women, Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan said.

Pakistani paramilitary soldiers take positions after militants attacked a hospital in Quetta, Pakistan, on Saturday, June 15. Several militants held hundreds of people hostage inside the Bolan medical complex. Pakistani paramilitary soldiers take positions after militants attacked a hospital in Quetta, Pakistan, on Saturday, June 15. Several militants held hundreds of people hostage inside the Bolan medical complex.
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Several others were wounded in another blast tphat struck near the hospital's emergency room as the bus bombing victims were rushed in.

"All the (bus) victims are women teachers and students," said Mir Zubair Mehmood, a police official in Quetta. The blast shattered the windows of offices and classrooms inside Sardar Bahadur Khan Women University.

The university bus was parked at the school on the outskirts of Quetta, the capital of Balochistan province in southwestern Pakistan.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility. But Pervez Rasheed, the country's information minister, said, "We do not think there is any foreign involvement in these attacks -- this looks like homegrown terrorists."

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon condemned the attacks, saying "violence against women and educators has increased in recent years. The aim being to keep girls from attaining a basic right to education."

Ban called on Pakistan's new leader, Nawaz Sharif, to do "all possible to bring the perpetrators to justice."

On Sunday, gunmen killed two polio workers who were making home visits in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province in northwestern Pakistan, police said. Sharif called the attack "cowardly and inhumane."

Earlier Saturday, assailants bombed the home of Pakistani founding father Muhammad Ali Jinnah in Balochistan, killing a police officer and wounding an employee, authorities said.

The attack occurred in Ziarat, one of the country's top tourist spots, about 150 kilometers (93 miles) from Quetta. Jinnah spent the last days of his life at the home.

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CNN's Aliza Kassim contributed to this report

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