Suicide gusts thru Eid prayers in Imambargah at Shikarpur

September 13, 2016 8:45 am0 commentsViews: 16

A suicide blast occurs during Eidul Azha prayers in an Imambargah at Shikarpur district’s Khanpur tehsil today morning on Tuesday. 

Frequent reports stated at least 10 people, including four policemen, were injured as a suicide bomber blew himself up during Eidul Azha prayers.

Spokespersons alleged two suicide bombers tried to enter the Khanpur Imambargah but were intercepted by police.

“Four of our men are injured of whom one is critical” Umar Tufail, a senior local police officer told media persons.

Tufail added doctors were also trying to save the life of the other suspected bomber, who was injured when the first one blew himself up but failed to detonate himself.

“The attackers came as the worshippers were gathering to offer Eid prayers. Police were able to stop him at the gate outside the mosque,” Sindh Police chief AD Khawaja said.

Worshippers overwhelmed the second would-be suicide bomber as the police were whirling from their wounds, he added. Police and rescue officials reached the site of the blast and the injured were shifted to local hospitals for treatment.

The blast comes at a time when the nation is celebrating Eidul Azha to commemorate the supreme sacrifice of Prophet Ibrahim (AS).

Officials had earlier claimed to have taken stringent security measures to hold any unfortunate incident.

Last year, at least 61 people had been killed and 50 others injured in an explosion at a Shikarpur Imambargah during Friday prayers. _80677171_a1b3d1f2-f259-42e5-87aa-042640c50f23

Police said the devastating explosion was a suicide attack and the bomber exploded the explosives strapped to his body “in the middle of the mosque”.

Pakistan has been hit by frequent sectarian violence in recent years, most of it perpetrated by hardline Sunni Muslim groups against minority Shia Muslims, who make up around one in five of the population.

The January 2015 attack on the Shias in Shikarpur, blamed on the Sunni militant Lashkar-e-Jhangvi group, led to a upsurge of nationwide protests.




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