President Jacob Zuma has sent a message of condolence to the president of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan; President Mamnoon Hussain following a bomb attack on mourners outside a Quetta hospital in southwest Pakistan.
The attack, which left at least 70 people dead and 115 others injured on Monday, occurred when a Taliban suicide bomber attacked a crowd of mostly lawyers and journalists who crowded into the emergency ward; to accompany the body of a prominent lawyer who was shot and killed in the city earlier.
The attack in Pakistan’s restive Balochistan province is considered one of the deadliest terror attacks in Pakistan this year.
“The government and people of South Africa extend deepest condolences to the government and people of Pakistan; especially to the families of the deceased and wish the injured a speedy recovery.
The South African government condemns in the strongest terms the inhumane and gruesome terrorist attack against a hospital in Pakistan. Terrorism in any form and from whichever quarter cannot be condoned,” Zuma said in a statement.
Department of International Relations and Cooperation (Dirco) Spokesperson; Clayson Monyela, who issued the statement on behalf of the president said South Africa stands firmly with the international community in condemning all terrorism.
Zuma also emphasized that calculated attacks against hospitals are pure contraventions of well-established international human rights and humanitarian law and constitute a crime against humanity.
US Condemns Attacks At A Quetta Hospital
Meanwhile, the US has condemned the terrorist attack and has offered assistance to the Pakistani government in its bid to bring the perpetrators to book.
“Our hearts go out to the families and other loved ones of more than 60 killed……The US is committed to our continuing counter-terrorism partnership with Pakistan; and we remain resolute in joining with the people of Pakistan; in confronting terrorism in Pakistan and across the region,” said White House Press Secretary, Josh Earnest.
However, the motive behind the attack is still unclear; but it is evidenty that several lawyers were targeted during the Quetta hospital killings.
Jamaat-ur-Ahrar; a faction of the Islamist militant Pakistani Taliban group; had earlier claimed responsibility of the attack; although the authenticity of their claims demands verification – owing to their previous untrue claims.
Nonetheless, reports from Islamic State’s Amaq news agency said the Middle East-based movement was behind the barbarism.