Ten killed in Quetta during Eidul Fitr prayers

The shooting came a day after a suicide bomber targeted a police funeral and killed 38 people, mostly police officers, in the same city. -Photo by Reuters
The shooting came a day after a suicide bomber targeted a police funeral and killed 38 people, mostly police officers, in the same city. -Photo by Reuters

QUETTA: At least 10 people were killed and many others injured on Friday in an attack that targetted a mosque the Eidul Fitr prayers near Quetta’s eastern bypass, DawnNews reported.

The shooting came a day after a suicide bomber targeted a police funeral and killed 38 people, mostly police officers, in the same city.

“Four gunmen opened fire when people were coming out of the mosque after saying Eid prayers,” senior local police official Bashir Ahmad Brohi told AFP.

Brohi said a former Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) provincial minister, Ali Madad Jattak, was also in the mosque and could have been the target.

“But we are not sure at the moment and are investigating, “he said, adding that Jattak escaped unhurt although bullets hit his car.

Another local police official, Sultan Ahmad, confirmed the incident and casualties outside the mosque, which is also a preaching and research centre.

Nobody has so far claimed responsibility for the shooting. Most recent attacks in Quetta, the capital of oil- and gas-rich Balochistan province bordering Afghanistan and Iran, have been linked to a Baloch separatist insurgency or sectarian violence.

On Tuesday Baloch separatists shot dead 14 people including three security officials, 70 kilometres southeast of Quetta.

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K B Kale
Aug 09, 2013 11:00am

Nothing seems to be sacred, even Eid Ul Fitr prayers, for the Pakistani terrorists! After these terrorists who have one-(unknown)-track mind finish Pakistan, India would be probably their next target! So we would prefer if this 'tehrik' is crushed in Pakistan itself!

Kuldeep Rana
Aug 09, 2013 01:33pm

what is going on in Pakistan ..

Aug 09, 2013 01:50pm

what types of muslim brother's you are ? Bombing in EID day

Adnan baloch
Aug 09, 2013 02:43pm

Very sad news indeed. A muslim cannot be behind this. Our intelligences services needs to increase their strength and operational capabilities to deal with terrorists.

Aug 09, 2013 03:43pm

One would think on a serene day like Eid murderers would take a break. But these are sick beasts with no respect for a holy day or for human lives.

Aug 09, 2013 04:35pm

I don't know what the hell is being happening in Pakistan

Aug 09, 2013 04:44pm

This is so sad!

Aug 09, 2013 05:02pm

How can a Muslim kill another Muslim when he is coming out of Masjid after attending Namaz? Do these people have remote touch of mercy for their fellow Muslims? Is one of the fundamental responsibilities of the government is to protect the lives of their citizens? Federal government hardly comments on what happens in provinces.

Aug 09, 2013 05:14pm

What crime can you not cover up in Pakistan as long as you say you are doing it in the name of Islam?

Aug 09, 2013 05:15pm

La hawla wa la quwwata!!

Naseema Perveen
Aug 09, 2013 05:33pm

i extend condolences to those who lost their lives.

Aug 09, 2013 06:46pm

this is what pak should be worried instead of kashmir

S. Israr Ali
Aug 09, 2013 07:42pm

Who are these beasts in Baluchistan and under whose patronage with all arms, ammunition, logistics they are operating and causing carnage with no regard of even muslim's holliest month of Ramadhan and festive occasion of Eidul Fitr attacking and massacring even unarmed muslim worshippers! They made it an easy killing field. All have to be exposed and they need to be taken sternly with all seriousness and deserve no sympathy!

Aug 09, 2013 08:19pm

Shabash Muslamano tum nay aaj tumharay mazhab aur Rasool ka naam roshan kar diye. Is this what really Islam is about? Killing human beings on the day when they are there to thank their God for the blessings?

Amjad Wyne
Aug 09, 2013 08:39pm

So why our religious leaders are not calling this act, "Blasphemy"? Why the entire nation is quiet? Why do we call these terrorists Muslims? Why do we even call them humans? They are animals.

Aug 09, 2013 09:08pm

Till when?

When will this stop? How many more lives?

What about our leaders sitting comfortably in their cocoons?

None of their relatives or children are dying?

We proudly announce that the nation is united to celebrate Eid on same day! But what about the dead, their relatives, their children or parents!!! Who is accountable for their loss?

Aug 09, 2013 09:20pm

Ya Allah forgive us of our sins & save us from this madness, Amin.

Nadeem Chaudhry
Aug 09, 2013 09:22pm

Who are these animals?

shafiq khan
Aug 09, 2013 09:34pm

pakistan has been ruined by the corrupt leaders.

Aug 09, 2013 09:35pm

the least you people could do is inform the readers that it was the masjid belonging to Shia Muslims. journalism should be portrayal of facts, not distortion of them

Aug 09, 2013 10:13pm

Sorry to see this kind of things repeatedly happening to Pakistan.

Prashant Singh
Aug 09, 2013 10:27pm

So now Shia are pushing back.? Good luck Pakistan.

Agha Ata
Aug 09, 2013 10:55pm

Government or the army should at least tell us why are they not taking any action. It is ridiculous to keep quiet when we need to know so disparately.

Aug 10, 2013 12:32am

Ironically, the nation continued to celebrate Eid. The apathy is amazing.

Samir Khan
Aug 10, 2013 12:38am

another day same story so-called muslims killing muslims..oh wait this must be "foreign hand/jews/amrika/infadels" muslims are peace loving.

Manish Gupte, PhD
Aug 10, 2013 12:45am

Democracy is the best way to stabilize! If you do not like the Govt run election, win and change things! Work creates wealth, that creates more employment. Less imports. Good India-Pakistan war did not happen! Trade, with possibility of retaliation at various levels, ensures peace.

Balbir Singh
Aug 10, 2013 01:03am

Pleas stop killings in Pakistan. Please stop bloodshed in Eid Days. Please stop explosions in the Holy Ramzan month. Why not please stop hatred and enemity to anyone all the year around. Please follow religion of Insaniat God will bless you.

Aug 10, 2013 01:12am

politicians came out and said one word afsoonak. We deserve it a lot more to come ......till we change or get replaced ......Allah's wrath is upon us ......

Aug 10, 2013 07:46am

@Adnan baloch: My sentiments exactly.

Aug 10, 2013 07:47am

@K B Kale: Selfish statement from you my friend. Think about lives as innocent, rather than an indian or a Pakistani.

Aug 10, 2013 08:29am

let people live..........fight for your rights but not in the name of Islam please