Nineteen people have been killed and dozens wounded in a bomb attack carried out near a Shia mosque in northwestern Pakistan. Pakistani officials said the bombing was carried out on Friday, when a motorcycle packed with explosives exploded near the mosque in the town of Hangu in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province. Police said the bomb detonated as worshipers were leaving the mosque after the Friday prayers.
Local police chief Mian Mohammad Saeed said the bomb was placed at one of the exits of the mosque that led to the Pat Bazaar.No group or individual has claimed responsibility for the attack so far. Thousands of Pakistanis have lost their lives in bombings and other militant attacks since 2001, when Pakistan entered an alliance with the United States in the so-called war on terror. Thousands more have also been displaced by the wave of violence and militancy in the country. On Thursday, two polio vaccination workers were killed in upper Kurram tribal region when an improvised explosive device planted along the roadside detonated. Two people were also killed and six others wounded in two separate bomb attacks in Pakistan’s financial capital, Karachi, on January 30. SAB/HSN