ISIS claim responsibility for Pakistan Mosque bombing that killed 15 and wounded 20

epa08118617 People attend the funeral of a Pakistani Police official, a day after he was killed in a bomb blast during evening prayers at a Mosque in Quetta, Pakistan, 11 January 2020. At least 15 people, including the Deputy Supreintendent of Police, were killed while at least 19 others were injured in the incident. EPA-EFE/JAMAL TARAQAI

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The death toll from a suicide bombing at of the Quetta mosque, in the southwestern Pakistan, rose to 15.

The explosion happened during the Friday evening prayers.  20 other persons were wounded, police said.

“Two of the wounded people died overnight in the hospital,” said provincial home minister Zia Langove, adding that six people were still in a critical condition.

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A senior provincial police official, Abdul Razzaq Cheema, told reporters most of the victims were civilians. An investigation into the deadly attack was underway but it was not immediately known whether the slain officer was the target, Cheema added.

The Islamic State terror group claimed responsibility for Friday’s attack, saying it was carried out by a suicide bomber. IS claimed the blast caused 60 casualties, including 20 dead, according to the SITE Intelligence Group, which provides alerts and translations of jihadist threats.

Prime Minister Imran Khan in a recent tweet said he has directed Balochistan government to ensure medical facilities are provided to the injured.

He also hailed the bravery of Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Haji Amanullah who was martyred in the attack.

via VOA / Reuters / Daily Times (Pakistan) 

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