Seven people were killed at a Shia mosque in Pakistan’s garrison city of Rawalpindi through a bomb detonated on them by a suicide killer.
Arab cable news channel, Al Jazeera, reported that the attacker blew himself when stopped at the gate of the mosque, where the minority Shias had gathered to dispense alms to mark the birthday of the Prophet Muhammad. The powerful explosion shattered windows and impacted buildings close-by. Following, Pakistan Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar declared an emergency in all hospitals in the Rawalpindi area.
Nisar condemned the attack and asked law enforcement agencies to provide a report on the incident.
“These kinds of attacks cannot break the will of the people of Pakistan. The whole nation is united against terrorism,” he said in a statement.
Nobody has claimed responsibility for the attack even though eyes are on the Taliban and al-Qaeda, who in the past have targeted the country’s Shia minority. Similarly, a bomb targeting Shia at a volleyball match killed at least four people and injured eight in Pakistan’s restive northwest last Sunday. The blast occurred at the Hussaini ground, belonging to the local Shia community in the Kalaya neighbourhood of the Orakzai tribal district.