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Deadly Bombing Targets Shi'ite Madrasah In Pakistan


Suicide Bomber Attacks Shi'ite Mosque In Peshawar
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Pakistani police say at least 14 people have been killed and dozens injured by a suicide attack on a Shi’ite Muslim mosque and religious seminary.

Police official Jawed Khan said a suicide bomber detonated explosives at the madrasah on the outskirts of Peshawar during Friday Prayers.

Witnesses say the bomber first opened fire on security guards before entering the mosque.

About 200 people were listening to a prayer leader when the explosion occurred.

No one immediately claimed responsibility for the attack.

But sectarian violence targeting Pakistan’s minority Shi’ite community has been on the rise in recent years.

Lashkar-e Jhangvi, an extremist Sunni militant faction, claimed responsibility for a series of attacks on Shi'a in the southwestern city of Quetta that killed at least 25 people on June 15.

Based on reporting by AP, AFP, and RFE/RL’s Radio Mashaal