[QODLink]
Central & South Asia

Blast at mosque in Pakistan's Peshawar

At least 14 people killed as suicide bomber attacks a Shia Muslim mosque in northwestern city during Friday prayers.

Last Modified: 21 Jun 2013 10:44
Email Article
Print Article
Share article
Send Feedback
The mosque is located in Gulshan Colony, a Shia-dominated area on the edge of Peshawar [Al Jazeera]

A suicide bomber has attacked a Shia Muslim mosque in northwest Pakistan, killing at least 14 people, police have said.

Senior police officer Abdul Hamid Khan said the bombing in the city of Peshawar also wounded 30 people.

No one has yet claimed responsibility for the attack which took place during Friday prayers.

Al Jazeera's Imran Khan, reporting from Peshawar, said the attack happened at an urban mosque in the city. He said that according to sources, a gunman also walked into the mosque's prayer room and opened fire.

Local TV video showed blood splattered on the floor and walls of the mosque. Broken glass littered the floor, and there were holes in the walls and ceiling caused by ball bearings packed in with the bomber's explosives.

Rescue workers were seen wheeling wounded victims into a local hospital.

Shia community

The mosque and madrassa complex is located in Gulshan Colony, a Shia-dominated area on the edge of Peshawar, a city which abuts fighter strongholds in the northwestern tribal belt on the Afghan border.

Khan said that the incident is being viewed as the latest sectarian attack on the Shia community.

On Saturday, a bomb that appeared to be targeting Shia Muslims ripped through a bus carrying female university students in the southwest city of Quetta, killing 14 people.

Fighters then attacked a hospital where wounded victims were taken, killing several more people.

Lashkar-e-Jhangvi has claimed responsibility for the attack in Quetta.

The group has carried out many of the attacks against Shia Muslims in Pakistan in recent years, especially in Balochistan province, where Quetta is the capital.

249

Email Article
Print Article
Share article
Send Feedback
Topics in this article
People
Country
City
Featured on Al Jazeera
'Justice for All' demonstrations swell across the US over the deaths of African Americans in police encounters.
Six former Guantanamo detainees are now free in Uruguay with some hailing the decision to grant them asylum.
Disproportionately high number of Aboriginal people in prison highlights inequality and marginalisation, critics say.
Nearly half of Canadians have suffered inappropriate advances on the job - and the political arena is no exception.
Featured
Women's rights activists are demanding change after Hanna Lalango, 16, was gang-raped on a bus and left for dead.
Buried in Sweden's northern forest, Sorsele has welcomed many unaccompanied kids who help stabilise a town exodus.
A look at the changing face of North Korea, three years after the death of 'Dear Leader'.
While some fear a Muslim backlash after café killings, solidarity instead appears to be the order of the day.
Victims spared by the deadly disease are reporting blindness and other unexpected post-Ebola health issues.