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Death toll in Pakistan mosque bombing rises to 15

Men comfort each other as they mourn the death of a relative who was killed in a bomb blast in a mosque, at a hospital morgue in Quetta, Pakistan January 10, 2020.

Men comfort each other as they mourn the death of a relative who was killed in a bomb blast in a mosque, at a hospital morgue in Quetta, Pakistan January 10, 2020.   | Photo Credit: Reuters

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Islamic State claimed its suicide bomber carried out the attack to target an Afghan Taliban seminary

The death toll from a suicide bombing at a mosque in the southwestern Pakistani city of Quetta rose to 15 on Saturday, officials said. The blast during Friday evening prayers wounded at least 20 other people, police said.

“Two of the wounded people died overnight in the hospital,” said provincial home minister Zia Langove, adding that six people were still in a critical condition.

Islamic State claimed its suicide bomber carried out the attack to target an Afghan Taliban seminary. “The U.S. condemns this heinous terrorist attack in a place of worship,” Paul Jones, the U.S. Ambassador to Pakistan, said in a statement. “I extend our condolences to the families of those who lost their lives.”

The attack was the second in the city this week, while police said they had foiled another by killing a suicide attacker in Rawalpindi city near Islamabad after he shot and killed two policemen.

The Taliban denied in a statement that some of its members, including a senior commander, were killed.

Local officials in Quetta’s police and district administration would not confirm whether the Dar-ul-Aloom Shariah seminary belonged to the Afghan Taliban.

However, two officials said on condition of anonymity that the seminary was part of the Afghan Taliban.

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