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One Dead, Dozen Hurt in Mosque Blast in Pakistan

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7Dnews London

Fri, 24 May 2019 18:07 GMT

At least one person was killed and over a dozen wounded, in a blast at a mosque in southwestern Pakistan’s Quetta, on Friday May 24th, which is the latest incident in restive Balochistan province, AFP has reported.

The explosion occurred at a mosque on the outskirts of the provincial capital, when Muslim worshippers were heading for Friday prayers, during the holy fasting month of Ramadan.

"Three of the injured are in a critical condition, including the prayer leader as the blast occurred near him," Quetta's police chief Abdur Razzaq Cheema told AFP.

There have been no claims of responsibility for the incident, and officials have not confirmed if the explosion was proved to be a terrorist attack.

The blast comes weeks after a suicide blast claimed by Isis terror group in the provincial capital Quetta, killed at least 20 people.

Balochistan, Pakistan's largest and poorest province, which borders Afghanistan and Iran, is rife with separatist and sectarian insurgencies, even as incidents of violence have significantly dropped elsewhere in Pakistan.

But militants still retain the ability to carry out attacks, including in major urban centres, and tightly-guarded targets, and analysts have long warned that Pakistan has yet to tackle the root causes of extremism in its society.


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