UN, China condemn Quetta terror attack

United Nations/Beijing, Oct 26 (IANS) UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and China condemned the Quetta terrorist attack in Pakistani province of Balochistan.

“The Secretary-General extends his heartfelt condolences to the families of the victims and to the Government and people of Pakistan, and wishes a speedy recovery to the injured,” Xinhua news agency quoted statement released by Ban’s spokesperson on Tuesday.

“He calls for the perpetrators of this abhorrent act of violence to be brought to justice swiftly,” it added.

China, for its part said it was shocked by the attack.

Foreign Ministry spokesperson Lu Kang expressed condolences for the victims and extended sympathy to their families.

“China opposes terrorism in all forms and will continue to support the Pakistani government in fighting terrorism, and safeguarding national stability and people’s security,” Lu said.

On Monday night, three terrorists armed with guns and suicide vests attacked the police training academy in Quetta, killing at least 60 people and injuring 117 others.

A splinter group of the Pakistani Taliban and the Islamic State claimed the responsibility for the attack in separate statements.