2017 Photo Contest, Spot News, 1st prize

Pakistan Bomb Blast


Jamal Taraqai

European Pressphoto Agency

08 August, 2016

Survivors and onlookers help those injured in a suicide bomb attack at the Civil Hospital in Quetta, Balochistan, Pakistan.

Some 200 lawyers, together with journalists, had gathered outside the hospital following the shooting earlier in the day of the president of the Balochistan Bar Council, Bilal Anwar Kasi. Jamaat-ul-Ahrar, a splinter group of the Pakistan Taliban, claimed responsibility for the attack, in which at least 70 people were killed and more than 100 injured. Hospital medical staff said that 60 of those killed were lawyers. Balochistan, which borders on Iran and Afghanistan, is affected by Sunni-Shiite sectarian violence and a separatist Baloch ethnic insurgency. Lawyers form a particular target of attacks, severely impacting the judicial system.

About the photographer

Jamal Taraqai

In 1998, he became a photojournalist for Awam News and has since gone on to collaborate with EPA. Taraqai has contributed to EPA since 2013 as a freelance photojournalist and re...

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18.0 mm
Canon EOS 700D

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