14 dead, dozens hurt in Pakistan mosque bomb attack


PESHAWAR: A bomb attack on Friday killed 14 people and wounded more than 25 others at a Shiite Muslim mosque and religious seminary on the outskirts of Pakistan’s northwestern city of Peshawar, officials said.

“It was a suicide attack in which 14 people were killed and more than 25 others were wounded,” senior police official Shafi Ullah said.

“The suicide bomber, who was on foot, first opened fire at police guards who were deployed outside the mosque, then entered the prayer hall where he blew himself up amid worshippers just before the start of prayers,” he added.

The mosque and madrassa complex is located in Gulshan Colony, a Shiite-dominated area on the edge of Peshawar.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack, but sectarian violence targeting Pakistan’s minority Shiite community has been on the rise in recent years.

Earlier, officials said two members of a pro-government militia were killed when militants armed with guns and rockets attacked their homes in the tribal district of Bajaur on the Afghan border.

About a dozen insurgents attacked the homes near Khar, the main town in Bajaur, late Thursday, administration official Abdul Haseeb said.

The two elders, who were members of a pro-government tribal militia, were killed and two tribal policemen were wounded.



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