Blast outside minority Shi'ite mosque in Pakistan kills eight

by Reuters
Tuesday, 4 February 2014 16:44 GMT

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By Hameedullah Khan PESHAWAR, Pakistan, Feb 4 (Reuters) - A suicide bomber killed at least eight people on Tuesday near a mosque frequented by minority Shi'ite worshippers in a densely populated neighbourhood of the Pakistani city of Peshawar, police and doctors said.

Najeeb Rehman, a senior policeman, said the attack, possibly the work of more than one suicide bomber, had taken place as worshippers left the mosque and walked towards a local hotel.

"We have found the body parts of the attackers," he said.

Hospital sources in Peshawar, a sprawling, dusty city on Pakistan's unstable frontier with Afghanistan, said at least 28 people had been wounded.

The explosion, which echoed around the city centre, happened at a time when the government is trying to engage Pakistani Taliban militants in peace negotiations.

Any major assault on civilians or security forces could upset those efforts. Some radical Sunni splinter groups operate outside central Taliban control, and the Taliban were likely to distance themselves from the attack. (Writing by Maria Golovnina; Editing by Kevin Liffey)

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