A blast at a mosque in Quetta in southwestern Pakistan on Friday killed at least 15 people, including a senior police officer, and injured 20 others, police said.
The bombing took place in a satellite town of Quetta, the province’s main city.
Police said an improvised explosive device had been planted at the mosque inside a seminary in the city, which exploded during evening prayers on Friday, the second bombing in Quetta this week.
A senior police officer, Haji Amanullah was among the dead, Reuters reported.
Fida Mohammad, who was attending evening prayers, said about 60 people were present at the time of the attack on the mosque, which is located in a densely populated area.
“It was a powerful blast, people were screaming and running here and there — many people were injured because of the stampede,” Mohammad told AFP.
A spokesman for Pakistan military said paramilitary troops were conducting a search operation around the site.
Meanwhile, ISIS terror group said it was behind the attack targeting Afghan Taliban and posted its claim on a ISIS Pakistan Telegram channel.
However, Taliban spokesman Qari Mohammad Yousuf Ahmadi in a statement denied any of his group’s members had been present at the mosque.
AL SHARQ AL AWSAT