Isis and a Taliban splinter group have claimed responsiblity for a deadly attack on Monday night and the early hours of Tuesday at a police training college in Quetta, Pakistan.

The attack, with machine guns, grenades and explosives killed 58 people, and injured 117 others. The seige lasted for over four hours.

Between 5-6 individuals are thought to be responsible for the massacre.

The frequency of terrorist attacks in Pakistan has dramatically increased in recent years.

The province of Balochistan has been a hide out for the Afghan Taliban since they were forced to scatter from strongholds by US and UK armed forces in Afghanistan in 2001.

In the hours following the attack on the police training college, the hashtag #prayforquetta was revived.

It was last used in August when mourners at a Quetta hospital were attacked and between 74-90 people were killed. This attack was also claimed by Isis and the Pakistani Taliban group Jamaat-ur-Ahrar.

Kaleemullah Khan, a footballer for the Pakistani national team and US soccer team the Tulsa Roughnecks FC, shared this post, an amalgam of some of the cartoons already created.

The post was shared over 2,000 times, and two cartoons appeared frequently on social media.

Ever since the attack on 7 January 2015 at the offices of Charlie Hebdo, the creation and sharing of cartoons following an attack has formed a regular part of the response on social media.

Captian Roohullah Shaheed has become the face of the slaughter on social media. The soldier was part of the military counter operation that arrived at the police training academy to rescue the inhabitants.

Shahadat is an Arabic term for martyrdom.

The attack occurred after most newspapers in the UK had finished writing their print editions.

On social media, Facebook has launched its 'Safety Check' feature for Quetta.

As yet, a Pakistan flag filter for profile photos has not been widespread.

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