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Deadly fighting at Pakistan mosque in Peshawar



Three militants have attacked a Shia mosque in the
Pakistani city of Peshawar with guns and grenades, killing
18 people and injuring dozens.
Police and the gunmen exchanged gunfire at the mosque in
Peshawar’s wealthy Hayatabad district.
Officials later said one militant had blown himself up, one
had been arrested and another killed in the gunfight.
Two weeks ago, another attack on a Shia mosque Sindh
province’s Shikarpur district left more than 60 people dead.
Sunni militants linked to the Taliban said they had carried
out the Shikarpur attack, which was the deadliest in years.
In Peshawar, TV footage on Friday showed people running
from the scene, some carrying wounded people on their
Police chief Mian Saeed said the militants stormed the
mosque wearing suicide vests. However, only one attacker
managed to detonate his.
The other two reportedly threw grenades and shot at
worshippers gathered for Friday prayers.
No group has said it carried out the attack.
Over the past decade, Pakistan has experienced an
increasing number of sectarian attacks.
Most are carried out by hard-line Sunni Muslim groups
against Shias, who comprise about 20% of the population.

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