At least 19 killed in attack on Shia mosque in Pakistan – Telegraph.co.uk
“This is the first in a series of revenge attacks … Wait for the rest,”
Mansoor, who had earlier claimed responsibility for the Dec. 16 school
attack in which more than 150 people were killed, said in the video sent by
email to reporters.
The style of the mosque attack was similar to that of the school attack, when
gunmen arrived in a car, set it on fire, and broke into the building using a
Peshawar’s Hayatabad Medical Complex said at least 19 people had been killed
in the latest attack.
A witness, Shahid Hussain, told Reuters the worshippers had just finished
prayers when five or six men wearing military uniforms broke into the mosque
and started shooting.
“We had no idea what was going on. One of the attackers then blew himself
up and then there was huge smoke and dust all around,” he said.
The attack came as Pakistan tries to adopt new measures to tackle militants following
the school massacre, in which 134 children were among the dead.
Girls carry their school bags as they head to school as it reopens in Peshawar
Photo: Khuram Parvez/Reuters
The government has pledged to crack down on all militant groups, and has
reintroduced the death penalty, set up military courts to speed convictions
and widened its offensive in northwestern areas on the Afghan border where
militants find refuge.
Yet Pakistan’s religious minorities, among them Ahmadis, Christians and
Hindus, say the government is doing little to alleviate their daily struggle
against discrimination and violence.
Last month, dozens of people were killed in a similar attack on a Shia mosque
in the southern town of Shikarpur.