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Militants 'Claim' Quetta Killings

A videotape and letter have been handed to the BBC in which Pakistan’s banned Sunni militant organisation Lashkar-e-Jhangvi claims it killed 50 Shia Muslims in a mosque in the city of Quetta 11 days ago. The letter said a series of attacks against Shia Muslims sent a message of protest against the Pakistan’s Shia minority and the government. Pakistani Interior Minister Faisal Saleh Hayat has said the investigation is advancing into the killings. The videotape handed to BBC reporters in Quetta showed three men who claimed to belong to Lashkar-e-Jhangvi. Only one talks to a still camera – the youngest, who is described as a 17-year-old suicide attacker. He delivers a 10-minute anti-Shia diatribe. He and his colleagues’ appearance match those of three men who were identified by the police as the culprits in the mosque killing spree. Pictures of their bloodied faces were published in newspapers after the attack. Full Story

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