Pakistan: 3 killed, 28 injured in mosque blast in Quetta

25th May 2019
Pakistan: 3 killed, 28 injured in mosque blast in Quetta

[Photo: Security forces inspect the scene after Rehmania mosque blast in Quetta ,Pakistan on May 24, 2019. Photographer: Mazhar Chandio/AA]

Aamir Latif

KARACHI, Pakistan (AA): At least three people were killed and over a dozen others injured in an explosion targeting a mosque during Friday prayers in southwest Pakistan, officials and local media reported.

The mosque located in Pashtunabad area of Quetta – the capital of southwestern Balochistan province – was attacked in the middle of the Friday prayers.

The Counter-Terrorism Department (CTD) on Saturday registered a case against unknown persons involved in the Quetta mosque explosion.

One of the killed was prayer leader Hafiz Ataur Rehman, Shahbaz and Sultan.

28 worshippers were also injured when the blast went off during a Friday sermon at Rahmaniya Mosque.

The large Balochistan province, which borders Iran and Afghanistan, has been marred by violence for over six decades, with separatists claiming that it was forcibly incorporated into Pakistan at the end of British rule in 1947.

Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), a conglomerate of different militant outfits, has also been active in the region and has claimed responsibility for several suicide attacks in Quetta and elsewhere in recent years.

The province, a gateway to $64 billion China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) , was also facing a deadly wave of sectarian violence for the last decade.

More than 2,000 people, mostly Shia Muslims, have been killed in targeted attacks and suicide bombings in Quetta and other parts of the province in the last 10 years, according to local media reports.

Additional report by The Muslim News.

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