QUETTA, Pakistan — Shiites in a southwestern Pakistani city hit by a brutal terror attack refused to bury their dead today in protest, demanding that the government do something to protect them from what has become a barrage of bombings and shootings against the minority Muslim sect.
The bombings Thursday in Quetta were the worst in a series of attacks across Pakistan that killed 120 people. It appeared to be the country’s deadliest single day of violence in five years.
Most of the dead were Shiite Muslims killed in twin bombings at a billiards hall. Pakistan’s minority Shiite Muslims have increasingly been targeted by radical Sunnis who consider them heretics. Lashkar-e-Jhangvi, a Sunni militant group with strong ties to the Pakistani Taliban, claimed responsibility for Thursday’s attack.