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Bomb Kills 2 at Shiite Mosque in Pakistan’s Largest City

Friday 20 March 2015, by siawi3

Source: http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/bombing-shiite-mosque-south-pakistani-city-kills-29775198

KARACHI, Pakistan — Mar 20, 2015, 9:36 AM ET
By ADIL JAWAD Associated Press

Associated Press

A bomb planted on a motorcycle outside a Shiite mosque in Pakistan’s largest city on Friday killed two people and wounded six, police said, in the latest attack on a religious site in the country.

The bomb was set with a timer and the motorcycle parked near the main gate of the mosque of the minority Shiite Bohra community in the southern port city of Karachi, senior police officer Raja Umar Khitab said.

The bomb exploded as midday prayers ended, minimizing casualties as most of the worshippers were still inside the mosque.

“About two kilograms (4.5 pounds) of explosives were used in the homemade bomb improvised with steel balls,” Khitab said.

No one immediately claimed responsibility for the attack. Islamic militants have in the past targeted Shiites and other religious minorities.

Mansoor Saifud Din, a witness, said worshippers were starting to leave the mosque when there was a huge bang that knocked people to the ground.

“I was behind the people reaching the outer gate of the mosque when the bomb exploded and I saw people falling to the ground and rushing back,” Din said.

The explosion comes one week after a pair of Taliban suicide bombers attacked two churches in the eastern city of Lahore, killing 15 people. In January, 60 people were killed in a suicide bombing carried out by a Taliban splinter group at a Shiite mosque in Shikarpur district of southern Sindh province.

Also Friday, gunmen ambushed a convoy of government officials in Kharan district of southwestern Baluchistan province, killing two police officers and injuring five others, said Nauroz Khan, a senior police officer in the area.

Deputy commissioner Abdur Raziq, who was the apparent target, was not hurt, Khan said. But police officers escorting his vehicle were gunned down by automatic weapons fire.

Baluchistan is home to a low-level insurgency by Baluch nationalists and separatist groups demanding autonomy and revenue from the province’s mineral and gas wealth. Islamist militants also operate in the area.