UN chief ‘condemns’ terrorist attack in Pakistan’s restive Baluchistan province

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has condemned a terrorist attack on a police academy in Quetta, Pakistan earlier today that claimed the lives of at-least 60 people and injured more than 100.

In a statement issued by his office, Mr. Ban stressed on the urgency of bringing the perpetrators of this abhorrent act of violence to justice.

According to reports, most of the victims were police cadets.

Quetta, the capital of the restive Baluchistan province and situated about 920 kilometres from the national capital Islamabad, has suffered a number of violent attacks.

In August, more than 50 people were killed in a terrorist bombing at the Quetta Civil Hospital where dozens of lawyers had gathered to mourn the killing of a prominent colleague.

A further 15 people were killed and some 25 injured in a suicide attack, in January, targeting a polio eradication centre in the city.

Also, in the statement today, Secretary-General Ban extended his condolences to the families of the victims and to the Government and people of Pakistan, and wished for a speedy recovery to those injured.