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3 killed in Taliban attack on Pak Shiite mosque

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Last updated on: February 18, 2015 23:58 IST
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At least three people were killed and seven others injured today when a Taliban militant attacked a minority Shiite mosque in Pakistan's garrison city of Rawalpindi, the latest in a series of incidents of sectarian violence in the country.

The armed militant attacked the Qasr-e-Sakina Imambargah on Kuri Road.

Three people were killed in the attack, Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences spokeswoman Ayasha Isani said.

The seven injured have been admitted to hospitals in Islamabad and Rawalpindi, police said.

"The exact nature of the attack is not clear," said a police official.

However, media reports said a suicide bomber tried to blow himself up after security officials confronted him, but his jacket malfunctioned and only partially exploded. He was killed in firing by the security officials.

Jundullah, a splinter group of Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan, claimed the attack as a reaction to the military operation, named Zarb-e-Azb, launched in North Waziristan.

The military says it has killed more than 2,000 militants during the campaign lauched in June last year.

Taliban militants have increased attacks in Pakistan after government's crackdown on terrorists following the Peshawar school massacre that killed 150 people, including 136 students.

At least five people were killed yesterday after a suicide bomber blew himself up outside the police headquarters in Lahore.

Last week 22 people were killed and over 50 injured when Kalashnikov-wielding Taliban suicide bombers stormed a crowded minority Shia mosque in Peshawar, opening fire and exploding bombs in a revenge attack.

In January, suicide bombers attacked a packed Shia mosque during the Friday prayers in Sindh province. At least 61 people, including children, were killed.

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and President Mamnoon Hussain condemned the attack.

Image: Cops gather at the spot of the blast on Kuri Road, Pakistan. 

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