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The event was organised by Sunni group that long called for declaring Shias

Seven Killed in Suicide Attack at Religious Rally in Pakistan

Web Desk‌Updated: Monday Feb 17, 2020

ISLAMABAD : At least seven people were killed and several injured in a suicide bomb attack on Monday, near a religious rally at Quetta city in Pakistan.

The explosion went off close to an event organized by Ahle Sunnat Wal Jammat (ASWJ) – a political party with alleged links to a sectarian armed group.

According to witnesses the bomber arrived on a motorcycle and was stopped by police at the barricade surrounding the event. A struggle ensued and the cops were seen pushing the man  to the ground in a bid to stop him. At that point, he detonated himself setting off an explosion that killed at least two police men who handled him and others around.

The ASWJ, a far-right Sunni Muslim political party, has long called for declaring Shia Muslims – who form 20 percent of Pak population – as “Non-Muslims” under Pakistani law.

The party reportedly has links with Lashkar-e-Jahngvi (LeJ) armed group that targets Shia Muslims across Pakistan and particularly in Quetta.

No group has claimed responsibility for the attack so far.

 


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