Eid day attack injures 10 in Shikarpur Imambargah

Published: September 13, 2016
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Security officials gather around the site of a Shia mosque in Shikarpur on Tuesday. PHOTO: AFP

Security officials gather around the site of a Shia mosque in Shikarpur on Tuesday. PHOTO: AFP

SUKKUR / KARACHI / ISLAMABAD: At least 10 people, including four policemen, were injured as a suicide bomber blew himself up during Eidul Azha prayers in an Imambargah at Shikarpur district’s Khanpur tehsil on Tuesday.

Officials said 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 police officer said.

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,” IG Sindh AD Khawaja said. Worshippers overpowered the second would-be suicide bomber as the police were reeling from their injuries.”

Police and rescue officials reached the site of the blast and the injured were shifted to hospitals.

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The blast came 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 tackle any untoward incident.

Last year, at least 61 people had been killed and 50 others injured in an explosion at a Shikarpur Imambargah during Friday prayers.

Police said the devastating explosion was a suicide attack and the bomber detonated 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 wave of nationwide protests.

TTP claims responsibility

A breakaway faction of the proscribed militant organisation Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) claimed responsibility for the Tuesday’s attack. “We had planned the attack,” the group’s spokesperson Ihsanullah Ihsan said in a phone call to the media including The Express Tribune.

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Reader Comments (7)

  • ali
    Sep 13, 2016 - 9:34AM

    Nobody dead so far thank God. Credit to police and security forces. Recommend

  • Bharatiya Australian
    Sep 13, 2016 - 10:46AM

    Pakistan has taken seriously “have a blast”..

    I am sure no sane neighbours need this type of wish from Pakistan which NS keeps dedicating to India’s J&K.

    NS should first take care of security of Pakistanis.Recommend

  • ZAK
    Sep 13, 2016 - 11:26AM

    Extremely sad that the day of Sacrifice these terrorits are playing with lives of innocent people.Recommend

  • Parvez
    Sep 13, 2016 - 1:31PM

    ……and still we do nothing to Abdul Aziz of Lal Masjid and his ilk.Recommend

  • Rani
    Sep 13, 2016 - 7:45PM

    And our intelligence agencies still dont know where this fool Ihsanullah Ihsan calls from???Recommend

  • IndianDude
    Sep 13, 2016 - 8:53PM

    On religious occasion of Islam, seems like Muslims are safer in India’s Kashmir than in ‘Islamic’ republic of pakistan, supposedly created for the well being of Indian muslims. What an irony!Recommend

  • bigsaf
    Sep 13, 2016 - 10:37PM

    “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.”

    Yet we still have insincere individuals from the majority who like to deflect and spin an Indian conspiracy theory to hide the inconvenient truth. Recommend

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