RAWALPINDI: A powerful blast outside an Imambargah situated in the heavily guarded Gracey Lines area killed three people, including two policemen and left 14 injured.

According to DawnNews, policemen spotted a suspicious looking individual on a motorcycle in the parking lot of the Imambargah near the Nur Khan Air Base. The attacker blew himself up when the policemen tried to tackle him.

About 700 people were attending a majlis at the time of the attack. As a result three people, including a SHO lost their lives.

The dead and the injured were taken to the Benazir Bhutto Hospital and District Headquarters Hospital.

“We have three bodies and 14 wounded people at our hospital,” Asif Qadir Mir, chief of the local government hospital, told AFP.

The blast was heard far away. Police and military personnel cordoned off the area and all roads leading to Gracy Lane were closed to traffic.

Khalid Mehmood, the driver of a police van who was on duty at the Imambagah, said a man parked his motorcycle by the roadside and started walking towards the Imambargah. When Sub-Inspector Amanat Ali and other policemen asked him to stop for search, he detonated the bomb.

City Police Officer Akhtar Umar Lalika told Dawn that it was a suicide attack. The bomber blew himself up when he was intercepted by policemen outside the Imambargah.

Several bikes and cars parked outside the Imambargah were damaged.

According to bomb disposal experts, four to five pounds of high explosives, laced with ball-bearings, were used in the attack.

The head and legs were believed to be of the bomber. Black clothes and a green jacket were retrieved from the scene.

A damaged pistol, wooden butt of a rifle and four spent bullet casings were also found. However, it could not be ascertained whether the pistol belonged to the suicide bomber or police.

Majlis-i-Wahadat-Muslameen (MWM), Tehrik-i-Nifaz-i-Fiqh-i-Jafaria condemned the attack and said that the government has failed to curb sectarian violence in the country.

There has been a rise in sectarian violence in Pakistan after several deadly clashes between Sunni and Shia Muslim groups near Islamabad in November.

Allama Nasir Abbas, a Shia cleric, was killed late Sunday in Lahore, the capital of Punjab province, after addressing a religious gathering.

On November 19, gunmen killed a senior Shia university director along with his driver in Lahore, while another Shia leader and his guard were killed in Karachi in early December.

Three days later, Shamsur Rehman Muawiya, chief of the Sunni organisation Ahl-e-Sunnat Wal Jammat for Punjab province, was killed in Lahore.

Pakistan is rife with sectarian clashes, with Sunni militant groups linked to Al Qaeda and the Taliban often attacking gatherings by Shias, who constitute some 20 per cent of the country's population.

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US CENTCOM
December 17, 2013 11:00 pm

We send our condolences to the victims’ families. We also wish a quick and speedy recovery to those who are nursing their injuries.

Ali Khan DET, United States Central Command

ailly
December 17, 2013 11:14 pm

Nawaz Sharif we you going to do some serious peace dialogues with talibans or not ?.

Hassan
December 18, 2013 6:52 am

This country is going no where with this sort of things happening rampantly....

Uzair
December 18, 2013 7:20 am

This unfortunate incident could have taken a much darker turn if not for the timely action of the police. Now that is what constitutes Shahadah. Giving your life for the protection of the innocent. May Allah grant Jannah to the people who lost their lives.

Syed
December 18, 2013 3:01 pm

Salam to the Shuhada. Salute to all the policemen who have laid down their lives fighting these animals. Thank you Pakistani Police!

Khan laala
December 20, 2013 5:48 pm

Now, what those people would have to say who were demanding to stop Muharram & melad processions/ Juloos and Majalis in streets and try to restrict to Imambargahs & Masajids after the incident of Raja Bazar. Should we stop going to even Masjids or Imambargahs and stay at homes to protect our lives !! Why those people never thought that even Masajids, markets and ordinary places are not at all safe for an ordinary Pakistani in the presence of Taliban and like minded forces. Why not people are thinking rationally for the families of the suicide attack victims.

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