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At least a dozen injured after suicide bomber strikes Shiite mosque

A suicide bomber self-detonated at a Shiite mosque in the eastern Pakistani city of Sargodha on Sunday evening, wounding at least 12 people, a day after 16 Shiites were killed in another attack in a remote tribal town.

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AFP - A suicide bomber blew himself up at a mosque in the eastern Pakistani city of Sargodha Sunday evening, wounding at least 12 people, police and rescue officials said.

"The blast occurred at a minority Shiite mosque at evening prayers time," senior police official Matiullah Jan told AFP.

"Twelve people were injured in the bomb blast and they were shifted to hospital in our ambulances," Rescue service official Mohammad Shakeel told AFP.

Sargodha district administration chief Zulfiqar Ali Shah said it was a suicide bombing.

"It was a suicide attack," Shah told AFP.

District police chief B.A. Nasir said the bomber was intercepted at the entrance by security guards when he tried to enter the mosque on which he detonated explosives strapped to his body.

Sixteen Shiite Muslims were killed and four others were wounded Saturday in an apparent sectarian ambush in a remote tribal town in Pakistan.
 

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