Bomb at Sunni Muslim mosque in Pakistan kills two, wounds 14

Published on May 24, 2019 04:28 PM IST

“There were about 100 people there when a bomb exploded very close to the prayer leader,” said police officer Abdul Qayum.

Image used for representational purpose only.(Reuters)
Image used for representational purpose only.(Reuters)
Quetta | ByReuters

A bomb at a mosque in the Pakistani city of Quetta on Friday killed two worshippers and wounded 14, officials said.

The blast went off at the Sunni Muslim mosque when people were offering Friday prayers.

“There were about 100 people there when a bomb exploded very close to the prayer leader,” said police officer Abdul Qayum.

There was no claim of responsibility.

Quetta is the capital Baluchistan province which has been plagued for decades by a separatist insurgency. The separatists usually attack energy infrastructure and the security forces.

Sunni Muslim militants also operate in the province. They usually attack government targets and members of the Shi’ite Muslim minority.

Attacks on Sunni mosques are rare.

Police said they were investigating.

(Reporting by Gul Yousafzai; Writing by Asif Shazad)

(This story has been published from a wire agency feed without modifications to the text. Only the headline has been changed.)

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