Pakistan's Taliban has claimed responsibility for a suicide bombing yesterday that struck a rally in Quetta, Pakistan. At least 54 people were killed in this the second major attack just this week; on Wednesday, 33 others were killed when a bomb was detonated during a Shi'ite procession in the eastern city of Lahore.
Friday's attack was unleashed on a Shi'ite rally meant to express solidarity among Palestinian people. The White House was quick to condemn the attack, saying it was "even more reprehensible" having been timed to coincide with the Muslim holy month of Ramadan and amidst Pakistan's attempts to recover from devastating flooding in the region.
Further compounding matters, the Taliban warned that it would launch attacks in the United States and Europe "very soon" in response to recent drone attacks that have targeted its leadership, Reuters reports.