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Blast Sparks Nationwide Strike by Lawyers in Pakistan

More than 70 people died in the suicide bombing on Monday

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    Pakistani lawyers chant slogans to condemn Monday's suicide bombing, in Islamabad, Pakistan, on Aug. 9, 2016. Pakistani lawyers are mourning colleagues slain in a shocking suicide bombing the previous day in the southwestern city of Quetta that killed and wounded scores of people, mostly lawyers.

    Pakistani lawyers staged a nationwide strike Tuesday after a suicide bombing in Quetta killed dozens of colleagues, NBC News reported. 

    More than 70 people died in the attack on Monday. Sixty of those slain were lawyers who gathered to mourn the assassination of the Baluchistan Bar Association’s president, Bilal Anwar Kasi, according to medical staff. 

    ISIS was one of two Islamist militant groups to claim responsibility for the attack, but officials and analysts had doubts over whether it was behind it. The attack was initially claimed by Jamaat-ur-Ahrar, a faction of the Pakistani Taliban fighting to overthrow the government and establish Islamic law. 

    The bombing was the latest and deadliest attack against lawyers in Pakistan, who are seen by some militants as an extension of the government.

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