Published: Sun, August 18, 2019

At least four martyred, 22 injured in blast at Quetta mosque

At least four martyred, 22 injured in blast at Quetta mosque

Police say the bomb was apparently planted inside the mosque and remotely detonated.

Over the course of the last decade, the province - especially capital Quetta - has faced a deadly wave of sectarian violence in which over 2,200 people have been killed.

QUETTA, Pakistan/KABUL, Aug 16 (Reuters) - The brother of the leader of the Afghan Taliban was among at least four people killed in a bomb blast at a mosque in Pakistan on Friday, two Taliban sources told Reuters, an attack that could affect efforts to end the Afghan war.

The explosion took place in a Madrasa of Kuchlak town of Quetta during Zuhr prayers. Sign-up now and enjoy one (1) week free access!

Expressing deep grief and sorrow over the sad demise of the five innocent people, Kamal said those carrying out strikes, targeting holy places like mosques and indulging in genocide of innocent people actually had no religion and faith, as their aim was to destabilise Pakistan with such terrorist activities.

On July 30, five people had died and over 30 were injured in a blast claimed by Pakistan's Tehreek-i-Taliban.

"The death toll could increase as some of the victims were seriously injured", Shafqat Janjua, a police official, said. The Taliban roam through more territory now than they have since their 2001 ouster and fighting between government forces and the insurgents has been heavy.

On May 14, three labourers, reportedly from Sindh province, were killed in a targeted attack.

Praying for early recovery of the injured, the prime minister directed the authorities concerned to provide best medical treatment to injured of the blast.

While Sunni militant groups have claimed past attacks on Shiites, the prayer leaders targeted this week were both Sunni. There was no immediate confirmation from LeJ.

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