Gunmen kill one, injure four in attack on Shia mosque in Pakistan

 

One person has been killed and at least four others injured when gunmen opened fire at worshipers leaving a Shia mosque in Pakistan’s capital, Islamabad.

Police said on Wednesday that the shooting erupted outside the Bab-ul-Ilm mosque following evening prayers in Islamabad's I-8 sector.

"Two gunmen approached a water cooler installed outside the mosque's main gate and filled their glasses with water, then opened fire indiscriminately on people as they came out," local police official Qasim Ahmad said.

He said the assailants arrived on foot and then fled after the shooting, disappearing into a nearby greenbelt.

No group has so far claimed responsibility for the attack.

Shias make up about 20 percent of Pakistan's population of nearly 200 million.

Security has been a main issue for the Shias as thousands of them have been killed as a result of militancy and hate attacks over the past decade.

 

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