Pakistani Taliban Faction Takes Credit For Quetta Hospital Massacre

QUETTA, Pakistan (AP) – The Latest on the bombing at a hospital in the southwestern Pakistani city of Quetta (all times local):

A breakaway faction of the Taliban in Pakistan has claimed responsibility for the suicide attack at a hospital in the southwestern city of Quetta which killed at least 64 people.

In a statement, Ahsanullah Ahsan, spokesman for Jamaat-ul-Ahrar militant group, also said their men killed Bilal Kasi, the president of Baluchistan Bar Association, and then targeted the mourners who had gathered at the government-run Civil Hospital. The group has been behind several acts of terrorism in Pakistan in recent years. The claim could not be independently verified.