In the wake of a bomb attack on Saturday, the Sardar Bahadur Khan (SBK) Women's University has shut its doors indefinitely. The Bolan Medical Complex, which was attacked while Doctors treated victims of the university bombing, is also closed indefinitely.
The target of the bomb was a bus transporting female students and teachers from Sardar Bahadur Khan Women's University in Quetta, located in the southwestern part of Pakistan. A homemade explosive device killed 14 of the passengers and injured 19 others. The victims were rushed to the nearby Bolan Medical Complex, where there was a second explosion. After the explosion, militants took nurses, doctors, and patient visitors, many of whom were visiting those hurt in the bus explosion, hostage. 11 people were killed at the hospital. Security officials regained control of the hospital Saturday evening and reported that four of the five militants were killed and the fifth was in custody. A banned Sunni extremist group, Lashkar-e-Jhangvi, claimed responsibility for the attacks.
SBK University is the only women's university in the province of Balochistan province. In response to the attacks, Sunday was declared an official day of mourning in Quetta. Many other organizations have announced more days and even strikes in mourning.
Media Resources: BBC News 6/17/2013; Global Post 6/17/2013; Al Jazeera 6/16/2013; Feminist Newswire 6/18/2013
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