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Suicide Bomb Tears Through Pakistani Mosque; 15 Dead

Security officials, rescue workers and members of the media gather at the site of a suicide bomb attack in Shi'ite Muslim mosque in Peshawar, Pakistan,  June 21, 2013.
Security officials, rescue workers and members of the media gather at the site of a suicide bomb attack in Shi'ite Muslim mosque in Peshawar, Pakistan, June 21, 2013.
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A bomb ripped through a Shi'ite Muslim religious center in northwestern Pakistan Friday, killing at least 15 people and injuring dozens of others.

Police in Peshawar said a small group of militants first opened fire on the mosque and religious seminary as worshippers gathered for Friday prayers.  Officials said a suicide bomber then went inside.

Syed Muntizer Hussain witnessed the attack:

"We heard gunfire coming out from outside the mosque and we ran towards the exit. I saw a boy wearing black clothes, who had a beard and was around five feet tall, approaching the mosque interior and firing with the pistol in his hand. As he reached the inside of the mosque he blew himself up," said Hussain.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack, but radical Sunni Muslims who consider Shi'ites to be heretics have stepped up attacks against the minority Shi'ites in recent years.

Also Friday, gunmen in the southern city of Karachi ambushed and killed a lawmaker and his son as the two made their way home from Friday prayers.

Sajid Qureshi was a lawmaker for the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM), the most powerful party in Karachi.

Fellow MQM lawmakers Jamal Ahmed demanded quick justice.

"Bearing the loss of a son, husband and father is painful as there is no replacement of them. We demand the authorities to arrest the culprits within 24 hours, try them and convict them in two days, and punish them in public," said Ahmed.

  • A man sits at a Shi'ite mosque targeted by a suicide bomber in Peshawar, Pakistan, June 21, 2013.
  • A man injured in a suicide bomb attack is wheeled on a stretcher as he arrives at the Lady Reading Hospital for treatment in Peshawar, Paksitan, June 21, 2013.
  • Security officials, rescue workers and members of the media gather at the site of a suicide bomb attack in a Shi'ite Muslim mosque in Peshawar, Pakistan, June 21, 2013.
  • Boys injured in a suicide bombing are treated at a hospital in Peshawar, Pakistan, June 21, 2013.

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by: AHMED from: PAKISTAN
June 22, 2013 6:27 AM
This is very sad affairs that every day so many killing of innocent peoples in Pakistan but our BIG SHOT always speak from air condition office. We are paying every year BILLIONS for army,police,isi,rangers,President,PM,Army of Ministers,Advisers,Members of parliament and so many other institutions. But we are sorry to say that all these BIG ESTABLISHMENT are very much care ful about there luxury and safe future for next TEN GENERATION for them. But they never ever care about the poor of Pakistani how they struggle for the sack of three time bread for their family. Our Admin cost is more than Saudi arabia,Iran and India. Our non productive expenditure are increasing day by day and there is money left for Poor Pakistani. What every we pay in taxes there stomach is empty to eat all our tax money then they will take loan and eat them as to fullfil their unlimited wish for their family. This is very sad part that our intelligence and arm forces are not taking any serious step to capture these culprits who created so much mess for general public. We used to get same type of statement from President and PM when ever there is any tragedy like this, but they never visit us to see our pain,wounds and tears.

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