Terror Strikes Hospital in Pakistan, Where the Mourners Become the Mourned

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The expression “cycle of violence” takes on a macabre, if literal, new meaning when the mourners of one terror attack become the victims of another. Yet that’s precisely what happened today at a hospital in Quetta, Pakistan, where mourners accompanying the body of a prominent lawyer who had been fatally shot earlier in the day came under attack themselves. A suicide bomber killed at least 70 of the mourners, most of them lawyers and journalists, and wounded more than 100 others. A terror group affiliated with the Pakistani Taliban claimed responsibility.

Once again, we see that neither geographic borders nor religious affiliation can inoculate any of us from the ravages of terrorism. Our thoughts and prayers lie with the Pakistani people, as they confront the affliction of fanaticism that imperils us all.

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