Pakistan Shiite mosque bombing kills 20

At least 20 worshippers were killed and over 50 injured Friday in a bombing at a Shiite mosque in Pakistan’s southern province of Sindh.

The bombing occurred during Friday prayers in Imambargah Karbala Moula in the Lakhi Dar area of Shikarpur, about 500 kilometers north of the port city of Karachi.

Senior district police officer Saqib Ismail Memon confirmed the bombing.

Shaukat Ali, medical officer of the District Civil Hospital, said that 20 dead and about 50 injured were moved to the medical facility after the attack.

“Some of the injured are still in critical condition,” he said.

Police were still investigating the nature of bombing but private broadcaster Geo TV quoted a witness as saying that a young man walked into the mosque and detonated explosives strapped to his body.

Private TV channels showed a damaged building and people scrambling to move the injured and dead to the hospital.

Rowdy scenes were witnessed outside hospital where angry relatives protested about a lack of medical facilities.

Nobody took responsibility for the attack but extremist Sunni Muslims consider Shiites to be heretics and often target them.

It was the second major attack on Shiites this month after an earlier a suicide bomber targeted Imambargah Aun Mohammad Rizvi in the garrison city of Rawalpindi, killing eight people.

Shiite leader Amin Shaheedi criticised government for failure to stop attacks on his community. He also announced three days of mourning.

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif condemned the attack.


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