Pakistan: 22 killed in suicide bomb attack in Rawalpindi
Islamabad: In a series of bomb attacks in Pakistan 29 people have lost their lives. Two bombers targeted the cities of Karachi and Rawalpindi during Shia muharram rituals.
The latest explosion claimed 22 lives. A man with explosives strapped to his body detonated himself near Qasr-e-Shabbir mosque, near Rawalpindi. The injured included children.
The security was already tight after threats. The bomb explosion blew a hole in the shia mosque in Rawalpindi and body parts could be seen disseminated around the scene.
Injured have been rushed to the hospital. No group has come out and taken the responsibility of the attacks. However, the attacks are believed to be work of Sunni extremist group with pro-al-Qaeda ideology.
The attacks came during the month of Muharram. A ten day mourning period is observed by the Shia to commemorate the martydom of Imama Hussain.
Security in Pakistan is usually tight considering a long history of sectarian clashes between Shia and Sunnis.
Pakistan is scheduled to host developing nations D8 Summit, this week.
Earlier, at least two people were killed and 30 injured in another explosion in Karachi. The injured included journalist, policemen and rangers.
Another bomb near Shia mosque in the southern city of Karachi killed two more people and injured at least seven.
In Quetta a bomb exploded near a security vehicle carrying school children, killing five and injuring 30.
(PHOTO: A rescue worker reacts at the site of a suicide bomb attack on the outskirts of Rawalpindi near Islamabad. Reuters)