Four Shia mosques under attack in Pakistan this year

SHAFAQNA –  There have been four attacks on Shia mosques this year so far.

Rawalpindi, February 19: A  suicide bomber attacked a Shia mosque in Rawalpindi, close to the capital Islamabad, during Maghreb prayers, killing at least three people and injuring several. Jundullah, a splinter group of Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), claimed responsibility for the attack, calling it a reaction to the Pakistani military offensive Zarb-e-Azb in North Waziristan. The same group also claimed responsibility for the two other attacks this year.

Peshawar, February 13: On February 13, at least 21 people were killed and 50 others injured during a gun and bomb attack at an imambargah in north-western city Peshawar’s Hayatabad area, when suicide attackers and gunmen, dressed in police uniforms, attacked worshippers offering Friday prayers.

Shikarpur, January 30: Militants targeted a Shia mosque in the southern city Shikarpur, killing at least 60 people. The attack was launched during Friday prayers. It was the deadliest sectarian incident to hit the country in nearly two years.

Rawalpindi, January 10: A powerful explosion rattled an imambargah in a densely populated area of Rawalpindi, killing at least eight people and injuring another 16. No one claimed responsibility for the attack.

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