Saturday, April 1, 2017

Taliban Attack in Pakistan Kills 22,Wounds 70; Occurred Near Mosque as People Went to Pray

The Pakistani Taliban has claimed responsibility for a bomb attack yesterday in Pakistan's northwestern city of Parachinar that killed at least 22 people and wounded 70 more, the Reuters website reports today (April 1, 2017).

The explosion targeted a mosque in a remote area bordering Afghanistan as people gathered for Friday prayers.

Sajid Hussain, a parliamentarian from Parachinar, said gunfire preceded the blast, which he described as a suicide attack.

The targeted mosque is a Shia mosque in Sunni-majority Pakistan, indicating the attack may have been sparked by the hostility between the two major Islamic sects.

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