ISIS claims bomb blast in Quetta killed at least 15 people inside Pakistani mosque used by Taliban
By: Faisal Malik
Jan 11, 2020
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ISIS claims bomb blast in Quetta killed at least 15 people inside Pakistani mosque used by Taliban

The bomb ripped apart on Friday evening prayers at a mosque in Quetta, Pakistan, and wounded at least 18 people, many in critical condition.

Lahore, Pakistan-Police officials say a bomb blast inside a mosque in southwestern Pakistan is believed to be frequented by senior Taliban figures, killing at least 15 people and injuring 18 more on Friday.

Several wounded are in critical condition and hospital authorities are concerned that the death toll could rise further.

The blast blasted the mosque during an evening prayer in Quetta, the provincial capital of Balochistan, which borders Afghanistan and Iran.

According to the SITE Intelligence Unit, ISIS claimed responsibility for the bombings.

Local leaders of a religious party in Pakistan are familiar with the country's Taliban network and spoke anonymously out of concerns over their own security. He was not present at the time of the attack.

The Taliban and ISIS are fighting each other for control of Afghanistan's territory, and Afghan Taliban leaders have long used shelters on the Pakistani border. But Taliban spokesman Qari Muhammad Yousuf Ahmadi said no Taliban leaders were present or had a meeting after the mosque was bombed.

The chief priest of the mosque and a police officer were killed.

Shortly after the bombing, paramilitary forces reached the mosque and blocked the area for further investigation.

Civilian and military leaders in Pakistan have condemned the bombings, calling them terrorist acts.

Military spokesman Major General Asif Ghafoor quoted Pakistani Army Chief General Jamar Javed Bajwa as saying: "People who target innocent people in mosques can never be True Muslims. "

Quetta has a history of violence related to denominations and militants. In the past, Sunni armed groups there targeted a few Shiite Muslims in the country. The separatist group Baluchistan has launched low-level rebellions over the years. Separatists demand greater autonomy and a larger share of natural resources such as natural gas and oil in the region.

A bomb exploded near Quetta on August 16, 2019, a mosque frequented by Taliban Supreme Leader Mawlawi Haibatullah Akhundzada. He was not inside the mosque during the bombing, but one of his brothers was killed.

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